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The Fred P. Hamilton Career, (formally the Oconee Vocational Center), was established in 1968. At that time, the facility allowed the consolidation of vocational programs which were housed in various facilities throughout the county. The programs that were offered when the center initially opened were: Textiles, Machine Shop, Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Electricity, Radio and TV Repair, Masonry, Licensed Practical Nursing, and Drafting. Industrial Sewing was added in 1969.

In 1975, an addition to the center allowed seven more programs to be added. Those programs included Commercial Food Service; Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration, and Plumbing; Auto Body Repair; and Welding. Distributive Education (Marketing) and Cosmetology were transferred from other locations to complete the seven new programs located at the Hamilton Career Center. This new addition also allowed the Adult Education Program to have adequate space at the Career Center.

In 1984, the "high tech" infusion was evident at the Hamilton Career Center. Computers were purchased for introductory courses, and in the fall of 1985 two new programs were started. Industrial Maintenance Mechanics offered the student a variety of skills. Advanced Office Information Systems offered the student an opportunity to learn the skills needed to operate a computer in a office environment. Today, every classroom has computers. Some of these classrooms have computers for each student, while others have mobile labs with laptops that are used between classrooms. Today, the Career Center offers computer integrated courses such as Computer Programming, Google Applications, and Web Page Design.

Today, there is a wide array of courses offered including: Health Science, Sports Medicine, Architectural & Mechanical Design, Graphic Communications, Law Enforcement, Core Electronics, Accounting, Digital Multimedia, and Welding Technology, just to name a few. Hamilton Career Center offers over 20 Career & Technology Education programs that support students as they prepare in high school for transition to colleges, universities, and careers. The Hamilton Career Center works together with students, parents, businesses, industries, and teachers in order for students to excel in career and technology education.

B.I. Wickliffe was the first Director of the Hamilton Career Center. He served from 1968 to 1972. Nick Milasnovich was the second Director, who served from 1972 to 1979. Jim Abrams served from 1979 to 1990. Frank Lankford served from 1990 to 2004. Mike Pearson served from 2004 to 2016.  Chad Lusk is the current Director, and has served since 2016.