Southern Crescent Technical College in Henry County recently celebrated an expansion with the completion of the second of eight buildings on campus.
The 82,500 square foot multi-level, state-of-the-art facility houses various medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate needs of the area, according to officials. For the design and construction of Building B, the Technical College System of Georgia contributed $20,958,000 in state general obligation bond financing. Henry County contributed $5 million through SPLOST IV funds and the City of McDonough donated an additional $1 million in SPLOST funds for the project.
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Alvetta Thomas gave the welcome and opening remarks at a recent celebration for the new facility, thanking the many in attendance for their support and efforts to establish a technical college campus in Henry County. Henry County Commission Chair June Wood gave the county perspective during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Wood detailed the beginning of the process for bringing a technical college to Henry County and how efforts were more than a decade in the making, bringing all facets of the community together for a common goal.
“I want to take you on a quick journey. I remember nearly ten years ago when elected officials sat in a room with the business community and the education community and we spoke about the future of Henry County, and we were focused on education and economics, and we were aware we were the only county of our size that didn’t have a technical college presence.”
In her remarks, Wood thanked her colleagues on the Board of Commissioners, the community, the citizens, the Board of Education and the state legislators.
“I just want to applaud our legislators,” she said. “Thank you for not making this a partisan issue and coming together in a way that benefits our community.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the college in 2013, McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland called the school “one of the greatest initiatives for the community’s future.”
“Years of focused work and pushing beyond set-backs brought us to this moment, which is a genesis of our future as a new era of vocational academics is being established for our citizens, as well as residents of the surrounding cities and counties,” Copeland said.
The campus is located immediately east of Henry County High School and the Henry Academy for Advanced Studies, built on 25 acres of land donated to Southern Crescent Technical College by the Henry County Board of Education.