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50th Anniversary

TECH Unveils 50th Anniversary Logo and Anniversary Plans

October 1, 2022

TECH, Inc. will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2023. In preparation for a series of exciting events throughout 2023, TECH unveiled its 50th Anniversary logo to TECH staff this Monday. “We are looking forward to celebrating this incredible milestone with the people we serve, our team here at TECH, and the community. The people we serve and our staff are the heartbeats of our organization and it only seemed fitting to have them be the first to see our 50th Anniversary logo,” said Kevin Hess, President/CEO of TECH.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this incredible milestone with the people we serve, our team here at TECH, and the community,” says Kevin Hess, President/CEO of TECH

Then and Now

In the 1970s, resources in the Hutchinson community were limited if you were a parent of a child with special needs. Esther Yoder and Elwin Cabbage saw a need and began a coalition group that quickly became the original Board of Directors for what is now TECH. Their goal was simple – to find a way to provide services, specifically job training, to young adults graduating from high school with special needs. They had a vision that their child, regardless of their disability, could be a contributing member of society and have a job of their own after graduation. In 1973, TECH opened its doors, serving 5 individuals.  Today, TECH provides services to over 225 individuals in our community.

“We are proud of the work that TECH has not only done in our community over the last 50 years but also the progress that we have helped make in our industry both state and nationwide,” said Hess. “We have seen a lot of changes over the last 50 years, but one thing remains as strong as the day we opened our doors in 1973 – our dedication and commitment to the people we serve.”

A Year of Celebrations

As TECH kicks off its 50th celebration in January 2023, the organization invites TECH families, staff, community members, and supporters to celebrate with them during their year full of exciting events, including:

  • TECH will host a “Through the Years” Celebration for current and former TECH families, staff, and board members in March.
  • June will be a month of celebrating with TECH staff and the people we serve all month long during our day and residential service programs.
  • TECH will host a community-wide birthday celebration at the Kansas State Fair as the First Saturday Fair sponsor in 2023.
  • Finally, TECH will be celebrating its 50th Birthday all year long with a “50 for 50 Campaign,” Featured Stories in their Newsroom, and a year full of celebrations.

To share your TECH story, find details on upcoming events, and the 50-year history of TECH, visit their webpage at


About TECH: TECH has been serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Hutchinson area since 1973.  Our mission is to assist individuals with disabilities of all ages live full and productive lives through advocacy, supports, and education. For more information, visit