Tool Check Out Tag

This is a Tool Check Out Tag...It was used in the machine shop class at the "Industrial Education Center" (I.E.C.) This school was part of Morehead, and the classes were held in Spray,NC until Morehead built classrooms for the different trades on campus, about
1957 or 1958. 

What's  "I-E-C?"

It is -- or was -- an Industrial Education Center, part of a network of technical and vocational institutions for adults authorized by the General Assembly in 1957 and approved by the State Board of Education in 1958. The first seven funded were in Burlington, Durham, Goldsboro, Greensboro-High Point, Leaksville (now Eden), Wilmington, and Wilson. These and 13 other IECs became part of the new North Carolina Community College System with the passage of the landmark legislation in May 1963. Today, that system includes one specialized technology center and 58 comprehensive institutions committed to workforce education and economic development. Technical and vocational education remains the focus of today's community colleges, which also offer solid academics, comprehensive basic skills, and a broad range of occupational extension and other continuing education.

(Photo and information submitted by Lowell Hatcher)

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