The Southern Crescent Technical College Butts County Center has a new look thanks to the Jackson community. During April 22–24, more than 30 people gathered at the Center overhaul the landscaping and to help clear and prepare the grounds and plant shrubs, trees, sod and more. Six thousand dollars in contributions were made by the community including donations from Georgia Power, the Butts County Board of Commissioners, the Jackson City Council, Mike Collins and Collins Trucking, and Central Georgia EMC. In addition, over $20,000 worth of materials and equipment from local landscaping company, ITM Landscape, and 750 hours of volunteer labor went in to making the grounds look magnificent.
Horticulture students from Jackson High School (JHS) and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) worked during the day on the project under the direction of JHS horticulture instructor Brandy Austin, SCTC Horticulture Program Coordinator Brian Morris, and ITM Landscape owner Carson Browning. Carson’s wife, Haley Browning, is a current SCTC Horticulture student completing her Associate Degree this May. Haley helped bring the project together with her husband’s company, the community, and SCTC staff.
City of Jackson Mayor, Kay Pippin, stated “Over a decade ago, other volunteers worked hard to raise enough local dollars to entice the state to build a technical college center in our community. They succeeded and our hope then was that this college would grow into a campus with multi-buildings. That can still happen, but not without community activism. Spread the word about potential course offerings leading to degrees right here in our community, and encourage high school grads and any-age learners interested in job training that guarantees employment and a good salary, to contact SCTC about enrolling TODAY!”
SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas thanked all those involved in this project from the vision, meetings and planning, to the implementation and installation. “I’m amazed at the hard work and sweat equity that our partners and volunteers put forth to invest in our community and College. This began as an idea through from our Butts County Center Community Advisory Committee and the results are fantastic. We are truly blessed to have such overwhelming support.”
For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, please visit www.sctech.edu.