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College expands campus

May 25, 2005

Thomasville- Southwest Georgia Technical College is celebrating the grand opening of a new state-of-the art building. It has cutting-edge technology, more space, and nicer facilities.

The newest addition to campus is SWGTC's flagship building. It cost eight million dollars and is 52,000 square feet. "We're extremely proud to have it," says President Frieda Hill.

The building has been a long time coming, a decade in the making. "We asked for this building, first, in 1995. And now 10 years later we're having a grand opening," says Hill.

The best part about the new facility is its cutting-edge technological advancements, ones that rival even the largest colleges. "Most of our classrooms are going to have the computers already in here. We want our students to train on the latest equipment because when they go into the workforce, that's what they'll have," says Hill.

Another addition students received that they've never had before is a lounge, a place for work and play. "I come in and bring all my books, and I just relax and study," says one student.

Space, though, could be the best feature of this new building. Students used to be crammed in rooms meant for far smaller classes. "Our health building, which was designed for 375 students, we're now enrolling over 700 students per quarter," says Hill.

Amenities, space, and technology, three things that give students a better college experience, and most of all, a better education. "Even when you're not in class you can use the classrooms for computers," says student Jermaine Reynolds. "When you're coming to get an education, it makes you feel more so like you're in a business atmosphere already," adds fellow student Kristina Hollar.

Don't forget about the faculty, there excited about a bonus they didn't have in their old facility, a top-notch meeting room. "It has a corporate feel, and I like that," says Hill.

The new building is the cornerstone for a strong education for a strong community, much of whose workforce comes from this college. "The economic impact is phenomenal," says Hill.

Doctor Hill says that Southwest Georgia Technical College still needs even more space. She plans to ask for yet another building when she attends a budget hearing for the state board later this summer.

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