Blue Ridge Community College was established as Henderson County Technical Institute in 1969. The first full-time curriculum classes in the school began in 1970. Blue Ridge Community College is one of the 59 institutions that operate under the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Blue Ridge Community College occupies facilities on a 140-acre campus. A 10-building complex provides more than 300,000-square-feet of floor space, divided into shop and laboratory spaces, classrooms, library, learning center, office and reception spaces and student lounge area. The David W. Sink, Jr. building in the school houses allied health programs, the cosmetology program, early childhood associate program and its accompanying child development center. The south wing of the building contains a 405-seat auditorium. Blue Ridge Community College is located in Flat Rock, N.C.