KENNESAW — As the number of future teachers and educational leaders enrolling at Kennesaw State University continues to grow, so too does the need for a more expansive facility for the Bagwell College of Education.
The university conducted a groundbreaking ceremony recently to celebrate the construction of a new four-story addition to the education school’s existing building. The multi-million-dollar, state-funded expansion is slated for completion next summer, and the Georgia Legislature allocated $20.3 million for the project.
“We appreciate the support that we have received for this project from the Board of Regents and the Georgia General Assembly,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “The Bagwell College of Education is one of the leading producers of teachers in Georgia, and enrollment in our teacher education and leadership programs has more than doubled since mid-2000. Yet the lack of space has limited our ability to further increase our programs. This building will enable us to strengthen our programs and solidify Bagwell’s position as Georgia’s leader in the preparation of both teachers and educational leaders.”
The 78,756-square-foot addition initially will feature three floors housing nine general classrooms, eight model classrooms, one computer lab, two seminar rooms, student study areas, the Center for Literacy and Learning, three conference rooms, a department suite and the dean’s suite. Extra funding is needed to build out the fourth floor.
“Today’s event represents a long-awaited milestone for Bagwell — a time when all of the college’s academic departments and student-service units can be physically located at one site, to facilitate our collaborative approach to preparing teachers and educational leaders,” said Bagwell’s Dean Arlinda Eaton.
The facility also will allow the university to expand its array of degree programs at the bachelors, masters, education specialist and doctoral levels, as well as post-baccalaureate certificates and graduate degree programs in school counseling, school psychology and a variety of certificate programs.
Approximately $4 million is needed to build out the interior of the new building’s fourth floor.
Plans for that floor include a general classroom, two early childhood classrooms, two computer labs, student study areas, a doctoral program suite, a grants and research suite, a global engagement suite, a conference room and a department suite.
“We are looking for partners who want to have a positive impact on children, who are the future leaders of this community, this state and this nation,” said Debra Day, director of development for Bagwell. “It’s not really about the fourth floor, or a building, it’s about the impact of great teachers.”
In an effort to raise the additional money needed to complete the final stage of the expansion, naming opportunities have been made available. These include the new building’s literacy center, the lobby and atrium, classrooms, student study areas, offices, computer labs, conference rooms and more.