years before the first students entered the corridors, laboratories
and shops of the Jackson River Vocational Center, in September,
1970, the efforts of a relatively small number of concerned
individuals matured to involve the three area school boards.
effort, considered by many to be impossible, now stands as a
reality, and is a monument to the cooperative determination of the
Joint Board of Control upon its inception in July,1971, the
Alleghany County Board of Supervisors and School Board, the Clifton
Forge City Council and School Board, the Covington City Council and
School Board, and all the other groups and individuals who became
involved through their support and encouragement.
accomplishment in itself is an undeniable witness to the strong ties
in the Alleghany County community. It has proven in its short life
a solution available for the mutual problems and concerns of the
The impact of
providing vocational technical education opportunities for our high school
students and the adult citizens of the community is
method of providing this opportunity may very well be of greater
consequence in the future of the community.
Superintendent of Clifton Forge City Schools, begins to develop
support among local school systems for a jointly operated vocational
The Joint Board
of Control was created representing Alleghany County, Clifton Forge
City, and Covington City. C.E.
Darnell became the first Administrator for the Joint Board of
Vocational Center opened with students from Alleghany County High
School, Clifton Forge High School, and Covington High School.
ended his tenure as Administrator for the JRVC Joint Board of
Control but remained actively involved with the Center until his
resignation as Superintendent of Clifton Forge City Schools in 1980.
Let it be said
that if one individual should be designated as having been the most
influential contributor to a cause, then due to C.E. Darnell’s
vision and dedication, this Center is a reality. – JRVC Joint
Board of Control; June 30,1975.
In 1972 there
were 9 certificate programs and 18 courses. By 1974, there were 11
certificate programs and 22 courses. The Current Curriculum offers 10
certificate programs and 36 courses.