Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) began as three separate colleges with unique missions. The first, Owensboro Community College, became an independent member of the Kentucky Community College System in 1986 and moved to its current location in 1989.
The Owensboro Trade School began in a garage in 1929, but moved to newer facilities twice before 1941. It was the first technical school in the area, and served high school students and adults. Finally, the Daviess County State Vocational Technical School was established in 1971 to meet the growing demand for vocational programs. By 2003 the Community College and the two trade schools had merged to form what is now the OCTC.