A crowd of nearly 150 people gathered on Thursday, May 18, 2017 to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the second building at the Southern Crescent Technical College Henry County location.
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas welcomed the guests and kicked off the program by saying, “This is really a dream come true. You all made education a priority and I thank this wonderful county for what you have done for your citizens.”
Thomas went on to outline several of the features of this building as well as the building’s importance to the workforce needs of Henry County.
Located just behind Building A, this 82,500 square foot multi-level, state-of-the-art facility will house various medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate 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 will be a showpiece of the building’s sophisticated architecture.
Included in the plan for Building B are classrooms and hands-on lab spaces to support a number of new and expanding programs. Automotive Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Mechatronics, Environmental Technology, Associate of Science in Nursing - RN, MRI/CT Scan, Phlebotomy, Cardiovascular Technology, Vascular Technology, Nurse Aide, and a myriad of Computer Information Systems Technology programs including Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Database Specialist, Web Site Design, and Web Application Development will soon be offered at the SCTC Henry County Center.
Following Dr. Thomas, Gretchen Corbin, 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. Corbin stated, “When the community stands up and says education is a priority like you all have, we know it is going to be an easy partnership. I cannot thank the local and state elected officials and the business and education community of Henry County enough for their efforts.”
Corbin further discussed the impact of a technical college presence in Henry County by stating, “A skilled workforce will keep Henry County economically competitive.”
Senator Rick Jeffares, State Representative Brian Strickland, 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, along with State Representative Andy Welch, 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 early March. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018 with classes slated to begin Fall Semester 2018. Praxis3 served as the architects for the impressive facility.
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “We are beyond excited to be celebrating the groundbreaking 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 between 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 groundbreaking with those individuals that were instrumental in making this project a reality.
This new facility is the second of eight buildings originally proposed for SCTC’s Henry County location. It 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, 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 will be able to begin and finish their education in Henry County. Building B will be 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, 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.