Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas held her annual State of the College Address on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the new Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing located adjacent to the main campus in Griffin. Following the address, an official ribbon cutting was held for this new facility.
During the State of the College address, Dr. Thomas highlighted several notable achievements from the past year including multiple program expansions, facility progress including the acquisition of the fire station property and the construction of Building B in Henry County, and the success of the Dual Enrollment, Adult Education, and Economic Development programs. She also emphasized SCTC’s 98.9% job placement rate for recent graduates as well as SCTC leading the state in the percentage increases in the areas of number of graduates, awards confirmed, and graduation rate.
Dr. Thomas stated, “We have done some remarkable things this year and we have great plans to continue on this path of success. We’re proud of our academic year 2018 accomplishments and partnerships and we’re headed for a bright year in 2019.”
Following the State of the College address, a ribbon was cut by all of the partners that made the Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing possible. This project was funded by money raised in the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for Spalding County. In 2015, the property was purchased and work on the redesign began shortly thereafter.
President Thomas continued, “The Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing has been a collaborative project many years in the making between Southern Crescent Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, and the governments and citizens of the City of Griffin and Spalding County. This project should serve as an important reminder in the power of partnerships and hard work toward a common goal. We are most proud to have these individuals and groups as friends of Southern Crescent Technical College.”
Architects redesigned the nearly 45,000 square feet which consisted of an abandoned grocery store and several retail locations to house the SCTC Film Technology programs, classrooms and labs. The first classes were held in the space Spring Semester 2018.