A crowd of over 200 individuals gathered on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, to celebrate the official Grand Opening of Building B at the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Henry County Center.
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas welcomed the guests and kicked off the program by saying, “What an exciting day for technical education in Henry County! This building is really a dream come true. Thank you to our community, business, legislative and education partners for being here and for your commitment to Southern Crescent Technical College. You all made education a priority, and I cannot thank this wonderful community enough for what you have done for your citizens.”
Thomas went on to outline several of the features of Building B, as well as the building’s importance to the current and future workforce needs of Henry County. Located just behind Building A, this 82,500 square foot multi-level, state-of-the-art facility houses various automotive, medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate workforce needs of the area. The modern, open-concept plan and floor-to-ceiling glass throughout the structure is ideal for viewing students at work in the labs and is a showpiece of the building’s sophisticated architecture.
Included in Building B are classrooms and hands-on lab spaces to support a number of new and expanding programs. Automotive Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Mechatronics/Industrial Manufacturing Engineering, Associate of Science in Nursing - RN, MRI/CT Scan, Phlebotomy, Cardiovascular Technology, Vascular Technology, Nurse Aide, Water Quality Technician, and a myriad of Computer Information Systems Technology programs including Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Database Specialist, Web Site Design, and Web Application Development, as well as Adult Education and GED Preparation classes, are now offered in Building B at the SCTC Henry County Center.
Following Dr. Thomas, Matt Arthur, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia, addressed the crowd and went on to say that there are several key factors that are considered when a new building is proposed. Arthur stated, “When the community stands up and says education is a priority like you all have, we know it is going to be a win-win for everyone involved. This building is a true example of teamwork and a community working together for a common goal that’s good for the people. Thank you to the local and state elected officials and the business and education community of Henry County for spearheading these efforts.”
Arthur further discussed the impact of a technical college presence in Henry County by stating, “A skilled workforce will keep Henry County economically competitive.”
Following Arthur, Lorri Smith, Chief Operating Officer for the State of Georgia, brought greetings from Governor Brian Kemp and reiterated the impact that technical education makes on the community, region, and state. Smith stated, “By creating new offerings and opportunities in Henry County, you are making a lasting impact on the workforce and ensuring that Henry County has a strong foothold in this state’s economy.”
Senator Brian Strickland, State Representative Andy Welch, State Representative Demetrius Douglas, Henry County Board of Commissioners Chair June Wood, McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland, and Chamber President David Gill each had an opportunity to address the guests and offer insight into the building’s significance and their role in this process. Each of these key individuals played an integral part in this special occasion.
For the design and construction of Building B, the Technical College System of Georgia contributed $20,958,000 in state general obligation bond financing. Henry County contributed an additional $5 million and the City of McDonough donated an additional $1 million in SPLOST funds for this project.
Site preparation and construction lead by Garbutt Construction Company began in March of 2017, and Southern Crescent Technical College began offering classes in January of 2019.
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta P. Thomas stated, “We are beyond excited to be celebrating the grand opening for this important asset to our college community. The Henry County business, education and government communities have long been supporters of Southern Crescent Technical College, and this project is a model for true collaboration among all of these partners. This building is a great example of teamwork, dedication, and vision and shows the commitment to education and workforce development from the leaders and citizens of Henry County.”
The event culminated with an official ribbon cutting with key individuals that were instrumental in making this project a reality. Following the official ribbon cutting for the building, guests enjoyed a reception complete with music provided by students from Ola High School and Locust Grove High School and tours of the impressive facility.
Building B is the second of eight buildings originally proposed for SCTC’s Henry County location. This facility will be a major addition to the educational infrastructure of Henry County and will bring more options for technical education within range of every resident in the area. The SCTC Henry County Center is located immediately east of Henry County High School and the Henry Academy for Advanced Studies and was built on 25 acres of land donated to Southern Crescent Technical College by the Henry County Board of Education.
With the addition and expansion of the SCTC Henry County Center, many students are now able to begin and finish their education in Henry County. Building B is a huge asset to the Henry County Center, allowing for more programs to be offered at this location. The 35,000 square foot Building A at the Henry County Center opened in January of 2013 and offers Business Management, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, CISCO Computer Networking, as well as various general purpose and pre-allied health classrooms and labs.
As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand our educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success. For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, please visit www.sctech.edu.