The Foundation Stone for Halifax Technical College was laid on 23 May 1893 and classes began in 1896 in one laboratory, a weaving shed, and various classrooms.

The college consisted of 1000 students, 23 part time teachers and one full time teacher plus, presumably, a Principal.

Halifax Technical College offered courses in Textiles, Engineering, Chemistry, Commerce and ‘Women’s Work’.

Halifax Technical College was formed from a Halifax Mechanics Institute (1825) and a Halifax School of Art (Queens Road)(1859).

In 1957 the College became Percival Whitley College, and in 1988 it was renamed as Calderdale College.

In 2018, the College celebrated its 125th birthday.