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In Public Act No. 1 of 1866, the Vermont legislature established the first public school in Vermont devoted to the education of teachers. The Randolph State Normal School served this function until 1910, when the legislature determined that there was a need for a state agricultural school and established the Vermont School of Agriculture at the Normal School site by legislative act on November 29, 1910.

Over the long years of its existence, the Vermont School of Agriculture (VSA) graduated many Vermonters who were distinguished by their numerous and notable contributions to agriculture and government.

In response to evolving educational needs in the state, technical courses were added to the offerings of the school in 1957 and the institution was given a new name reflecting this expanding mission. The Vermont Agricultural and Technical Institute opened on September 9, 1957 as the first technical institute in Vermont, with an initial enrollment of approximately 75 students.

By act of the 1961 Legislature, VATI and the state teacher colleges (Castleton, Johnson, and Lyndon) were placed under the control of a newly-created public corporation known as Vermont State Colleges. Community College of Vermont joined the other state colleges in 1975.

The name VATI was changed to Vermont Technical College on July 1, 1962 and the college was authorized to grant the degree of Associate of Applied Science with a major in the program pursued. The Associate of Engineering degree was first granted in 1965 and the first one-year certificate was awarded in 1986.
Another milestone came on May 7, 1993 when the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved the collegeís first baccalaureate degree program: the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology. A second baccalaureate curriculum, the Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology, began in the fall of 1995 and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology in the fall of 2000. Beginning in 2005, the college offered a Bachelor of Science in either Software Engineering or Information Technology. In June 2007, these additional baccalaureate degrees were added: Dental Hygiene, Equine Studies, and Sustainable Design & Technology. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology was added in 2011. Professional Pilot Technology was added in 2012.

Nursing programs were added to the college curriculum in 1994 when Vermontís three schools of practical nursing became part of the Vermont Tech community. Beginning in fall of 1996, Practical Nursing became a credit-bearing program that could also be applied toward a two-year associate degree in nursing from Vermont Tech. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing was added in 2013.

Fall of 2003 marked the beginning of the Bachelor of Science in Business Technology and Management as well as Construction Management and Diversified Agriculture.

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