First Vocational School Opens

1868

The nation’s first vocational school, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, opens in Worcester, Mass., after the Civil War. Its founders – John Boynton, Ichabod Washburn and Stephen Salibury II – want to create a school that combines academics with hands-on learning in science and engineering to prepare young men for careers in the many growing industries. The school continues to operate as a university today.