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History

Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center sprang up from grass roots beginning in 1976 and was named to honor the founding father, a local business and community leader. The building was dedicated in 1977.

Mr. Willis was a leader of the Logan County business and education community, and was dedicated to the business and industry needs of the county. Mr. Willis along with several other leaders including Jack Garrett, Superintendent at the time,  founded what was then the Ralph R. Willis Vocational School out of a need for a skilled workforce in the county.

Many of the programs had been scattered at various locations throughout the county. Mr. Willis and the Logan County Board of Education realized the need to bring the programs together at one central location.

Our center began with programs such as: Drafting, Distributive Education, Secondary and Adult Carpentry, Masonry, Air Conditioning-Refrigeration, Auto Mechanics, Diesel Mechanics, Adult Mining Certification (Underground and Surface), Emergency Medical Technology, Mine Foreman Certification, Machine Tool, Welding, Mine Electricity, Mine Maintenance, Secondary and Adult Business Education (Clerical and Secretarial), Culinary Arts, Electronics (Radio-Television), Offset Printing, and added the Auto Collision Department in 1977. Ralph R. Willis also provided courses in the early years for expectant mothers and Industrial Sewing. The LPN Nursing program was at another location in 1976, but moved to Ralph R. Willis campus in the late 70's.  

Today we have several programs including: Therapeutic Services, Welding, HVAC, Auto Mechanics, Auto Collision, Carpentry, Machine Tool, Welding, Industrial Equipment, Graphic Arts, Life Skills, Pro Start and Industrial Electricity. 

Over the years Ralph R. Willis has excelled at competitions and produced thousands of successful workers throughout the nation. Ralph R. Willis participated in the VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) which evolved in the Skills USA Competition today.

In 2014-15, We have had several Skills USA Compettion winners at the state level, including two students who will compete at the Ford Automotive Skills competition on a national level in Detroit, Mich. Our nursing students are also excelling winning at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) state level and competing on a national level in California. This year we added Marshall University SCORES Academic competition to our list. 

We have been named a Model school for the 2014-15 School year in West Virginia and have been designated as a West Virginia Premier CTE School.

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