24 september 1968 & washington technical institute opens
#OTD 24 September 1968 The Washington Technical Institute (Connecticut Ave & Van Ness St NW) opened for the first time to students yesterday. Established as a land grant institution c1966, the Washington Technical Institute operated out of the old National Bureau of Standards building. Dr. Cleveland Dennard served as WTI president.
There were 1,000 full-time and part-time students taking classes that would hopefully lead directly to jobs. WTI offered classes in nursing, computers, engineering, business and more.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you attend the Washington Technical Institute? Do you remember the first building? Do you remember President Dennard? What classes did you take? What was your major? Do you remember your teachers? Do you have a yearbook? Photographs? Newspapers? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy University of the District of Columbia Archives. Retrieved from the HBCU Library Alliance. Photographer unknown. c1970.
David Jones Bardin, “How Cleveland Dennard built a school – and changed Van Ness,” Forest Hills Connection 15 June 2016.
”New Institute Starts Classes,” Evening Star 24 September 1968.