After much anticipation, Southern Crescent Technical College has reopened Building A on the Flint River Campus with an official Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
The standing-room only crowd first heard from Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, SCTC Rick Perkins Award Winner and Eric Capes, SCTC GOAL Winner. Remarks then followed by SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas, SCTC Foundation Secretary Hoppy Hopkins, SCTC Board Member Jeff Stribling, and SCTC Board Chair Scott Swofford. Each speaker echoed the excitement felt by all in attendance and reminded them that their involvement and support of the campus is imperative to its success.
Building A on the Flint River Campus was originally built in 1964 with additions completed in 1977 and 1991. The discovery of mold in June 2015 forced a temporary closure of the building in order to complete extensive mold remediation followed by facility renovations and improvements. The renovations totaled just under $2 million and were completed in December 2016 with faculty and staff returning to their previous locations after the first of the year.
Most of the early labor focused on a thorough, professional cleaning of the affected areas and furnishings. Subsequent work consisted of replacing an antiquated chiller, boiler, and the supporting systems and the installation of 25 new roof top HVAC units with new exhaust, ducts, diffusers, and dampers for all units; installing new electrical work for the units; relocating a transformer; installing new HVAC controls; as well as the installation of new ceiling tile and grid and new interior lighting. In addition, some areas received new paint, carpet, and LVT tile flooring.
Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce President Lori Showalter Smith wrapped up the event with the official ribbon-cutting for the renovated space. Following the ribbon cutting, attendees were offered tours and refreshments.
The Grand Re-Opening event followed the Thomaston-Upson County Chamber of Commerce Sun’s Up Breakfast which was held at and hosted by Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College was the keynote speaker for the breakfast. Dr. Thomas addressed the crowd of nearly 100 attendees and reviewed her intentions for the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Thomas reminded attendees that there is a renewed energy and focus at the SCTC Flint River Campus. She stated, “We are committed to students’ academics and the workforce development needs of this community. We are here; we’ve been here and are staying here. We will work with the local school system, industries and businesses to grow this campus. I do believe that together we can accomplish anything.”
Dr. Thomas shared the following information about the Flint River Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College with those in attendance.
From 2014 to present: over $3 million in facility upgrades, including the recent improvements
- Annual Operating Cost FY16: $714,184.67
- Total Number of Employees: 94
- Annual Personnel Expense: $3,105,660
- In FY2016, served:
- 61 High School Students
- 134 Adult Education Students
- 21 GED graduates
- 754 Credit Students
- Tender Tech:
- Number of Employees: 13
- Number of Children: 50 (ages 6 weeks to 12 years old)
- Received Quality Rated Certification of 2 Stars from Bright from the Start in 2016
Dr. Thomas and the staff of Southern Crescent Technical College Flint River Campus welcome you to stop by for a tour of the campus or to enroll in classes. For more information, visit www.sctech.edu.