Southern Crescent Tech
It was with much anticipation and hard work we saw the fruits of so many hard working people with the opening of Southern Crescent Technical College in McDonough. I was proud to have a small role
in getting this first building open and will work further to see the other needed buildings put into place.
Southern Crescent Tech makes its footprint official in Henry
July 21, 2014
McDONOUGH — Southern Crescent Technical College hosted an official ribbon-cutting and grand opening Thursday at its newly-opened Henry County Center academic facility — a feat many years in the making, officials declared.
The building is the first of as many as eight on the 25-acre campus. It is 35,000-square feet of classroom and lab space built to conveniently accommodate students in and around Henry County.
Southern Crescent Tech officials said the county accounts for 27 percent of the college’s student population. But residents only now have that immediate access to the college thanks to nearly a decade of community discussion, planning and collaborations.
June Wood, chair of the college’s board of directors, spoke to the years-long efforts to build a brick-and-mortar facility for students in under-served Henry County.
Wood said the ongoing project to develop the technical college presence began with discussions among members of the local school board and development authority and officials at then-Griffin Technical College and the Technical College System of Georgia.
She said the school board donated 25 acres of land adjacent to its Henry County High campus.
The Henry County Chamber of Commerce Steering Committee studied the matter and garnered business community support for the project.
She said the endeavor also involved county and city leaders and the Henry County Legislative Delegation, which helped secure state funding to construct the first and second buildings on the McDonough campus. SPLOST dollars, too, have been devoted to building out Henry County Center.
Representatives from the aforementioned organizations were on hand to celebrate the fruits of their labors.
Charles Woodroof, also a member of Southern Crescent Tech’s board of directors, spoke along with the college’s president, Dr. Randall Peters.
Other speakers included TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson; Henry County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Charlie Scott; McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland; Henry County Board of Commissioners Chair Tommy Smith; State Rep. Andrew Welch (District 110); State Rep. John Yates (District 73); State Sen. Rick Jeffares (District 17); and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
Those involved in manifesting the vision spoke as well — Mark Milam, owner of Impact Officer Interiors, which furnished the space; Tony Aeck, chair of Lord, Aeck and Sargent Architecture, who designed Building A ; and Dave Cyr, president of Parrish Construction Group, who built the facility. Construction costs were about $7.2 million with $1.2 million to furnish and equip the building.
An open house followed Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. It included a tour of the building, which is outfitted with general purpose classrooms, a CISCO networking lab, computer classrooms, life science labs and an MRI/CT simulator.
The center facilitates Southern Crescent Tech programs in business management, criminal justice, logistics and pre-allied health courses as well as general education core classes.
Spokeswoman Anna Taylor said 160 credit-seeking students are enrolled at the site this summer. She said there are also residents who receive adult education instruction at the facility. Taylor said 250 students have enrolled for fall courses at the center so far. She said fall semester begins Aug. 18, and enrollment is ongoing. For more about program offerings, visit www.sctech.edu.