On February 9, 1965 application was submitted to the State Department of Education asking permission to create a joint vocational school district with the following districts participating: Alexander Local, Federal-Hocking Local, Logan City, Nelsonville City, Southern Local, Starr-Washington Local, Trimble Local, and York Local. The state department approved the plan and the local boards of education in all eight districts accepted the proposal on March 29, 1965 and the Joint Vocational District was established. On April 29, 1965 the New Lexington City School District became a part of the Tri-County JVS District.
Ground-breaking ceremonies were conducted at the building site on June 13, 1967. Construction was started in August, 1967 and the buildings were completed in time for school to start in September, 1968. The district includes 814 square miles in Hocking, Athens, and Perry Counties.
In December 16, 1966 Nelsonville City and York Local School Districts consolidated to form the Nelsonville –York City School District. In 1972 Athens City became a part of the Tri-County JVS District, making a total of nine districts again. In the summer of 1973 Starr-Washington Local consolidated with Logan City, making Tri-County JVS consist of eight participating school districts, which still remain today.
Since the Career Center opened curriculum and academic changes have occurred to fit the needs of our students and the workforce environment of our region. Recently, Tri-County has integrated applied academics into our curriculum to provide students with more math, science, and English skills as they relate to their career area. Guidance counseling is available to secondary students, as well as, our assessment and placement coordinators. Adult services include career training in skilled areas for workforce development; assessment and customized training for business.