In the early 1970’s, the School Board of Dade County, Florida submitted an application to the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare for 40 acres of U.S. Government surplus land, adjacent to the old Richmond Naval Air Station, for the purpose of building a vocational technical facility in the area.
The Florida Department of Education soon dispatched a team to visit Miami and assess the proposed site. The committee unanimously favored the plan for a vocational school to serve the southern most part of the county.
The original intent of the center was to serve postsecondary adult students. In May of 1974, the school district was given permission to also provide services to shared-time individuals from surrounding high schools.
It was decided that the new school would be named in honor of Mr. Robert Morgan, a successful Miami businessman who once served as the chairman of the Adult Vocational Advisory Committee for Dade County Public Schools. Mr. Morgan was instrumental in helping to acquire the land on which the school would eventually be built. Following the accidental and untimely death of Mr. Morgan, Mr. Arthur Hertz and Mr. G. Holmes Braddock made a recommendation that the building be named for the man who had dedicated himself to the advancement of what is now Workforce Development.
The Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute opened its doors in the fall of 1979. In doing so, it would become the largest facility of its kind in the entire country.
From the beginning, upgrades to curriculum and equipment have been a constant. Representatives from industry have been actively involved in the school’s numerous and various Advisory Committees, helping instructors to plan and prepare students for real-world employment.
The School Board of Miami-Dade County changed the school’s name to the Robert Morgan Educational Center in September 2001. The modification reflected the addition of a new technical high school for full-time secondary students.
The School Board of Miami-Dade County once again changed the name of the school on December 10, 2014 to the Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College after the state of Florida approved the conversion of all state designated vocational centers to technical colleges.
Today, the Robert Morgan Technical College is a world-wide leader in Adult – Community – Career Technical Education, offering more than 30 accredited training programs to the residents of Miami, Florida.