BRATTLEBORO >> Vermont Technical College is celebrating its Sesquicentennial, or 150th year. Founded as the "Randolph Normal School" on a hilltop in Randolph Center in 1866, today it offers degrees in Agriculture, Business, Computers and IT, Engineering, Transportation Technology and Nursing, among other areas of study.

A reception with refreshments to celebrate Vermont Technical College's 150th Year will be held in the Brooks House Atrium on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Brattleboro. It is free and open to Vermont Tech alums and the public.

The Vermont Tech nursing program graduates have some of the highest pass rates for their boards in the nation and each year the program graduates approximately 130 future RNs and 150 soon-to-be LPNs. Two students graduated from the 2014 inaugural year of the online BSN program, while 90 students are actively enrolled in that program this year.

For more information about the Southeast Region (Brattleboro/Springfield) Campus of Vermont Tech's Nursing Program, call 802-254-5516. For general information about the nursing program or other Vermont Tech areas of study contact: 800-442-8821.