Heartland Career Center was formed pursuant to the Acts of 1936, as amended and came into being in 1965 with an agreement between four school corporations. These corporations included: Manchester Community School, Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, Peru Community School and Wabash City School. This included all of Wabash County and the area surrounding Peru. The school was originally called Upper Wabash Vocational School. The name was changed to Heartland Career Center to more accurately describe the area and training for students. Other schools within reasonable distance have been invited to join the cooperative program. North Miami Community School legally joined the cooperative in 1969. Huntington North began to send students to Heartland in 1990 on tuition basis. Oak Hill began to send students to Heartland in 2002 on a tuition basis. Established with approval of the General Commission of the Indiana State Board of Education, Heartland Career Center functions as a public school in the State of Indiana. The current facility was opened in 1971 providing classroom and workshop space in a central location. Prior to that time classes were held in a variety of locations around the area. Heartland is a cooperative school operating as an independent school corporation but with no taxation power. Heartland is governed by a Board of Managers who have the power under joint contract to set policy and operate the school.
The mission of Heartland Career Center is to provide a stimulating environment and opportunities for students to learn technical skills, attitudes, knowledge, and understanding designed to promote occupational preparation that will be effective in today’s and tomorrow’s technical society.