The newly completed Grady County campus of Southwest Georgia Technical College opened its doors to students Tuesday, marking the beginning of fall quarter. An open house to celebrate the completion of the buildings is scheduled for next week. The public is invited to the Tuesday event, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with an official ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.
The open house will feature entertainment by South Georgia Performing Arts and The FIRM Dance Company. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served, along with ice cream, soft drinks and popcorn.
“We are thrilled to have the Grady County campus completed,” said Dr. Glenn Deibert, SWGTC president. “This new facility will enable Southwest Georgia Technical College to better serve our area’s need for quality education to meet the demands of students and employers.”
The Grady campus will offer questions Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. until noon.
The main structure of the Grady County campus is a 7,771 square foot classroom building that will house several disciplines during fall quarter: practical nursing, criminal justice technology, and early childhood care and education programs. Business administrative technology will be added winter quarter, January 2009.
Additionally, the classroom building will house a small library and numerous general education courses to support the established programs. A high bay service area and classroom will be housed in the second building.
Instructors working at the new campus are: Nicki Sanders in practical nursing; Tam Cunningham in criminal justice technology; Kim West in early childhood care and education. Ed Gravenstein and Ann Wooten will operate the library and serve as receptionists for the campus. Pat Christian will join the Grady County staff in January as instructor of business administrative technology.
“We want to thank IPG, Flowers Foods, Pepi Food Service, Blue Bell Creameries, PFG Powell and American Fresh Foods for sponsoring this community event,” said Deibert.