Kisumu Polytechnic is situated within the Lakeside city of Kisumu about 3 km east of the city centre and is about 400 km from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Strategically placed within the Great Lakes Region, and fast emerging as a regional centre for the East Africa Economic Union, Kisumu has also become as an academic city with a range of newly established and flourishing campuses of various private and public universities.
The institution was started in 1967 as a technical secondary school. The first batch of students was admitted at Sigalagala Technical and Trade School while they awaited the completion of the school at Kisumu. The then Minister for Education, the late Dr. TaitaTowett officially opened the school in 1971.
In 1988, the institution was upgraded to a Technical Training Institute. The aim was to produce practical oriented human resource, competent in application of technical skills. This was the time when the 8-4-4 Curriculum of Education and training in Kenya was being implemented. Institutions at such levels were therefore required to cater for the needed technical skills.
In 1996, the institution became a National Polytechnic and was inaugurated on 21st June 1997 by President, His Excellency, Hon. Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.