About Us


Welcome to Ben Franklin Career Center, a recognized leader in technical education for fifty years. Ben Franklin Career Center offers both high school and adult students’ opportunities for learning, training, and furthering education that enrich their lives and also promotes the economic growth of our region and state. All instruction is designed to meet the needs, abilities, and interests of our students, our community, and the businesses we serve.



In the 1971-1972 school year Ben Franklin Career Center was opened.  The first graduating class was in 1973. This school was started as a vocational and technical school, operated under Kanawha County Schools.  

The school consists of 4 (four) local high schools.  The secondary programs offered are: Automotive Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Manufacturing Production and Design (4T Academy), Machine Tool Technology, Power Equipment Systems, Carpentry, Electrical Technician, Computer Systems, Repair Technology, Coding & Game Design, HVAC Technician, Hospitality and Tourism, Medical Assisting, Therapeutic Services, Pre-Nursing, Early Childhood, and Law and Public Safety.  The postsecondary programs are: Certified Welder, Commercial Driving, Electrical Technician, HVAC Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Practical Nursing.  All programs listed above are certificate programs.  

The school has one campus and employs two (3) full-time administrators, one (1) financial aid/adult programs counselor, one (1) high school counselor, twenty-one (21) high school instructors, one (1) special education specialist, one (1) special education aide, seven (7) adult instructors, one and a half (1.5) secretaries, and four and a half (4.5) custodians.  

The building is 93,830 square feet with over 100 parking spaces available.  The campus is comprised of one main structure with one portable classroom and an adjacent building.


Our Philosophy

It is the responsibility of Ben Franklin Career Center to meet the needs of secondary and adult students who are interested in developing skills, knowledge, proper work ethic, and competencies for working in the 21st Century. We encourage students to understand that pride comes not necessarily from the type of job one has, but from the type of work he/she does and the service he/she renders.



Thanks to Carver Career Center for refacing our letters!


Our Mission

The mission of Ben Franklin Career Center is to prepare all students to be college and career ready.


Our Beliefs


1. All students have the opportunity to achieve;

2. Students will learn content to earn technical area certification;

3. Students will be prepared to leave BFCC college and career ready;

4. BFCC will provide a safe and caring environment; and, 

5. Quality teaching is the key to student success.


Our Vision


The staff members at BFCC support the following:

1. The curriculum will address the needs of students with varying abilities, aptitudes, interests, objectives, and personal qualities;

2. The training will be based on hands-on activities with a support program in basic skills, technology, personal development, and job-seeking skills;

3. The quality of the training program will enable students to gain an entry level position in their field anywhere in the world;

4. The programs may offer work-based activity experiences to qualified students;

5. Students will be expected to exhibit a strong work ethic and contribute to society in the training program;

6. The school and local businesses will unite to provide a quality program for the students; and

7. The staff will continue to train in their field of expertise to ensure up to date training for students. 


Accreditation and Certification

Ben Franklin Career Center is operated by Kanawha County Schools.

Our adult programs are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350; Toll-Free: 800.917.2081 and approved by the West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia Board of Education, Kanawha County Board of Education, the West Virginia Department of Employment Security, Vocational Rehabilitation, Job Corps, Veteran's Administration, and Workers Compensation.


Notice of Non-Discrimination

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified that the Kanawha County School (KCS) District (including Ben Franklin Career Center) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities.  Any person having inquiries concerning the Kanawha County School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title IX or Section 504 is directed to contact: Title IX Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 348-1379 or Section 504 Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 304-348-7740 #347.  These persons have been designated by the Kanawha County School District to coordinate the efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title IX and Section 504.


School Strategic Plans

Adult Programs

Strategic Plan 2020-2025 & Results.pdf 


High School Programs

High School Strategic Plan 2020-21.pdf


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