In school year 1926-1927, the school began offering secondary education and eventually phased out its elementary program. Then in 1950, it opened its doors to girls who could take food trades, cosmetology or dressmaking for specialization.
By virtue of Republic Act 704 enacted on May 14, 1952, the trade school was renamed the Sorsogon School of Arts and Trades (SSAT). Its short course offerings were expanded to include architectural drafting, building construction, electricity and furniture and cabinet making. Two years later, the two- year technical course with specialization in the same trades as those for the secondary course was introduced. Soon, machine shop practice, radio mechanics, automotive mechanics and refrigeration and air-conditioning were added as major courses.