History of the Institution


Groundbreaking for R. M. Locklin Technical Center

♦Alice Guidy became Locklin Tech’s Principal with Raymond Rogers, Assistant Principal.

♦The first students entered Locklin Tech. Phase 1 of construction was completed. Locklin Tech consisted of 6 buildings with 7 programs, 350 students, and 13 staff persons.

Locklin Tech accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Locklin Tech received $1.2 million for Phase 2 expansion plans.  Phase 2 began to include the Business Education, Power Sewing, and Culinary Arts programs and additional administrative offices.

Charlie Etheredge became Principal with Cheryl Smith as Assistant Principal.

Jane Allen became Principal with Charlie Etheredge as Assistant Principal. The Welding Technology program was added.

Locklin Tech was awarded a grant for retrofit, initiating networking and Instructional Television (ITV) throughout the school campus. Phase 3 was initiated to include the Computer Electronics, Printing/Graphic Arts, and Automotive Technology programs.

Raymond Rogers became Principal with Jane Allen as Assistant Principal. The Childcare program was added.

Charlin Knight became Assistant Principal.

Web Design class implements Certified Internet Web CIW© Industry Certification and becomes Academic Training Partner.

Construction Technology Academy added, giving students the opportunity to gain industry-recognized credentials through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Information Technology Academy added, offering the following industry certified programs: Cisco Networking; Computer Electronics, with CompTIA A+ / Network+ preparation; and Macromedia Web Design.

New Media Technology program was added and students began construction of the Russell Center conference facility. 

Charlin Knight became Principal.

Received approval from the Board of Nursing and began the Practical Nursing program.

To meet regional workforce demands, the Pharmacy Technician program was added in response to new state requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians.

Culinary Operations adopted ProStart curriculum.

Automotive Service Technology achieved ASE certification.

Keith Hines became Assistant Principal.

Received approval from the Board of Massage Therapy and broke ground on the therapeutic spa-type facility with Massage Therapy students beginning in August 2014.

Applied Cybersecurity program added to program offerings.

Maria LaDouceur became Principal.

Online Legal and Medical Administrative Programs added.

Maria LaDouceur became Assistant Principal.

Locklin Tech has 16 programs, 40+ staff persons, and 400+ students.

Two new programs, Electrician and Welding Technology-Advanced, were added in the 2015/2016 school year.

The Santa Rosa County School Board voted unanimously in favor of changing the school’s name to Radford M. Locklin Technical College!


The mission of Locklin Technical College is to prepare students for current and emergent high-demand careers through collaboration with community stakeholders. Expanding opportunities and access to training programs will provide a talent pipeline to meet regional workforce demands.


The vision of Locklin Technical College is to empower students for career success, lifelong learning and commitment to community. We strive to be your first choice for career education and training.