The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, was established in 1969, at University Row, Deep Water Harbour, Bridgetown. In 1972 the Barbados Technical Institute was merged with the Polytechnic which operated branches at Richmond and Grazettes Industrial Park.
In 1975 there was a further extension of the Polytechnic when the Division of Agriculture was set up at Eckstein Village. Later in the year the main branch of the Polytechnic was removed from the Harbour and re-sited at “Melbourne”, Belmont Road in order to make room for the Harbour expansion.
During this period technical and vocational training experienced changes following the building of the new Polytechnic at “Wildey” on eleven (11) acres of land. The facilities at House-Craft Centre, Bay Street had become inadequate to serve the needs of students and to service the new programmes in Home Economics and so, on May 26, 1982, when the new Polytechnic was opened, expanded programmes offering full- time courses in Home Economics, Clothing Craft, Cosmetology, Industrial Sewing Machines and Garment Making formed the Division of Human Ecology.
Apart from its own programmes, the Polytechnic also provides training for the Barbados Vocational Training Board, students of Secondary Schools, Industrial Workers and teachers of our schools.