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History of Tom P. Haney Technical Center

Tom P. Haney Technical Center (TPHTC) provides career technical education and adult general education classes for residents of Bay County and the surrounding areas. The Center operates under the auspices of Bay District Schools (BDS).   It was originally known as the Bay County Vocational-Technical School and was housed in the Wainwright Shipyard Administration Building near the present location of Port Panama City.  Students first attended the Center at the original in 1966, and the first program completers finished in 1967.

They designated it as the Tom P. Haney Vocational-Technical Center in December 1966 in honor of Tom P. Haney, a prominent businessman and former school board member who strongly advocated for career technical education.  In 1965 the Florida State Board of Education approved the school as an "Area Vocational Center" under the provisions of Chapter 230.62(1), Florida Statutes.

Plans for the new facility were initiated in 1965, and an architect was named. At the request of the Bay County School Board, a survey team from the Florida Department of Education conducted a program determination study March 8-10, 1966.  A search for a site for the new facility was launched. The present site at 3016 Highway 77 in Panama City, Florida, was approved by the School Board in August 1966, and preliminary plans for construction were approved at that time.

The first phase of construction at the new site was started in July 1967, and the school moved into the new facilities in 1968. This phase included the construction of three structures and a utility building to house the heating and cooling systems. Building 01 housed Administration and Guidance; Building 02 housed Cosmetology, Practical Nursing, and Sewing; and Building 06 housed the Media Center, Business Education, Commercial Art, Drafting, Distributive Education, and Radio and Television Repairs.

A second program determination study and facilities survey was made by the State Department of Education February 4-5, 1969. An architect for the second phase of construction was named the same month.  A contract for the construction of the second phase for Haney Vocational-Technical Center was set in November 1969; and the new facility, Building 04, was completed in September 1970. It housed the shops and classrooms for Masonry, Welding, Automotive Mechanics, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.

In 1970 the School Board placed four temporary buildings on the campus for the Adult Basic and General Education programs.  In the fall of 1971-72 school year, bids were let for a 40' x 30' metal building for use in the Agriculture Program. The building was finished in early 1972 and served as part of the housing for the Nursery Operations Program.

In the fall of 1973, the Adult Basic and General Education programs were moved to Shaw Adult Center (formerly Shaw Elementary School and later Shaw Kindergarten Center), 162 Detroit Avenue, Springfield, Florida.

In September 1973, plans were initiated for the construction of a building for training personnel for the Nuclear Power Products Company. An architect was named at that time; and in December of the same year, a contract was let for the "emergency" phase of construction. Building 07 was completed in 1974 and now houses the cafeteria. During the fiscal year 1975, plans were initiated for the third phase of the building program at the Center. In 1979 Buildings 03, 08, 09, and 10 were completed.

In 1997, the campus became the site for Haney Technical High School (HTHS).  The first year, it was called the Career Academy, operating under the umbrella of the Technical Center.  In 1999, the HTHS was established as a separate cost center.  In 2002, a 2.4 million dollar renovation project was completed.  Bay District Schools approved another renovation project for the outside of Building 01 and several classrooms which was completed in 2004.

The high school was dissolved in 2009 due to budgetary reasons in the district.  The same year, the Shaw Educational Center located in Springfield was closed, and its programs were combined with TPHTC at the Highway 77 campus. 

Since 2014, Haney has undergone major renovations with complete overhauls of Practical Nursing (Building 05), Welding Technology (Building 08), Automotive Collision Technology Technician (Building 06), and multiple programs in Building 02 including the Aviation Academy programs, Electrical Trades, Marine Service Technologies, Computer Systems & Information Technology, Medical Administrative Specialist, the Testing Center, and Student Services.

The Center currently offers a variety of day and evening career technical education programs.  In addition to these classes, the Adult General Education Program provides opportunities for students to prepare for the GED and basic remediation to improve the skills needed in the work place or for personal growth.   The Center also serves as the General Educational Development testing site for Bay County and is a service provider for CareerSource Gulf Coast.  TPHTC maintains a strong relationship with business and industry by having advisory committees for each full-time program. These committees are comprised of individuals who are established in the businesses, industries, or agencies they represent.  Committee members provide program evaluation, training, advice, and other services to ensure that Haney’s programs remain current with industry trends and projections for future growth.