At a recent meeting of the McDonough City Council, the City of McDonough presented a $1 million check to fund the construction of a second building at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center.
These funds were made possible through funds which were set aside in the city’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV account for “a joint project with the Technical College System of Georgia, which will expand the existing campus” of the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County Center, located at 300 Lakemont Drive in McDonough.
Mayor Billy Copeland said he began collaborating with local officials in 2007 to get a college to locate in McDonough, and had experienced many road blocks along the way. Southern Crescent Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia accepted the challenge, opening the first building in Henry County in July of 2014.
“Tonight is a dream come true to me and I think for the entire council,” said Copeland. “This is probably the first and last time in my life that I’ll touch a check with that many zeros.”
The groundbreaking ceremony for the approximately 82,500 square foot building is scheduled for mid-January. Praxis3 is the architect and Garbutt Construction will be building the new addition to the campus which is scheduled for completion March 2018.
Technical College System of Georgia is contributing $20,958,000 in state general obligation bond financing toward construction of this building, and Henry County will be contributing $5 million of SPLOST funds in addition to this donation from the City of McDonough. Mayor Copeland added that the City of Stockbridge plans to contribute $500,000, and the Cities of Hampton and Locust Grove plan to each contribute $250,000.
“We are beyond thrilled to receive a donation of this size from the City of McDonough although it’s not entirely about the money. This donation shows the commitment to education and workforce development from the citizens of McDonough and Henry County,” said Dr. Randall Peters, President of SCTC.
Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, was also on hand to receive these funds and thanked state and local legislators for allocating this funding for Southern Crescent Technical College.
“When we talk about return on investment, we stand with you,” said Corbin. “We want to use every dollar ever-so wisely on the students to make sure they’re coming out and being the most incredible skilled workforce.”