Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce was officially opened on 23rd October 1963 by his excellence Sir Evelyn Dennison Hone the last governor of Northern Rhodesia and offered its first courses in 1963. At inception, the college was called College of Further Education and offered very few courses at certificate and diploma levels. The name changed to Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in 1972. The college is the largest Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) institution. It has a population of about 7,000 students, 270 members of staff and offers 41 programmes in its seven academic departments and schools. The departments and schools are Health and Applied Sciences, School of Business and Management Studies, School of Media and information Science, School of Education and Department of Open Distance and Flexible Learning (ODFL). Giving strength to all the mentioned schools and departments are Library and ICT departments. These departments offer information services to the entire institution.

The college offers academic and professional training in various disciplines such as Business and Management, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Laboratory Sciences, Art, Music, Communication Skills, Library studies, Journalism, Printing Technology, Office Management. The college has currently partnered with Binary University to offer degree programmes in Computer Science, Human Resource, Accountancy, and Business Management.