There were no technical institutes in the South during the 1940s. The technological boom caused by WWII further exacerbated the need for an institution devoted to the work of technicians. Hence, the Technical Institute was established in 1948 in Chamblee, Georgia, as a unit of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The majority of its first students were WWII veterans. The following year, the school changed its name to the Southern Technical Institute (STI). STI moved to Cobb County in 1961 and officially separated from Georgia Tech in 1980. Eventually, STI became Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU). SPSU consolidated with Kennesaw State University in 2015.

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  • Building and Facility History

    This collection contains documents and photographs that document the physical development of Southern Polytechnic State University.
  • SPSU Annual Reports

    Annual reports of Southern Polytechnic State University produced by the chief administrative officer
  • SPSU History Videos

    This collection contains videos that document the history of Southern Polytechnic State University.
  • TechFest

    An annual family event for the public for technology oriented demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on games and graphics.

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