New building in works for local college


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent



Southern Crescent Technical College is moving forward with its next construction project on its McDonough campus.

Ground was officially broken May 18 for Building B at the Henry County Center and the participants and spectators included a number of local and state elected officials and business leaders.

Located just behind the existing building, the new 82,500-square-foot multi-level facility will house various medical, computer, and industrial training programs designed to meet the immediate needs of the area, according to officials.

Included in the plan for Building B are classrooms and hands-on lab spaces to support a number of new and expanding programs.

Automotive technology, auto collision repair, mechatronics, environmental technology, associate’s degree in nursing - RN, MRI/CT scan, phlebotomy, cardiovascular technology, vascular technology, nurse aide, and a number of computer information systems technology programs including computer programming, computer networking, database specialist, website design, and web application development will soon be offered at the SCTC Henry County Center, school leaders reported.

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 an additional $5 million and the city of McDonough donated an additional $1 million in SPLOST funds for this project.

“We are beyond excited to be celebrating the groundbreaking for this important asset to our college community. The Henry County business, education and government communities have long been supporters of Southern Crescent Technical College and this project is a model for true collaboration between all of these partners,” said SCTC president Dr. Alvetta Thomas. “This building is a great example of teamwork, dedication and vision and shows the commitment to education and workforce development from the leaders and citizens of Henry County.”

This new facility is the second of eight buildings originally proposed for SCTC’s Henry County location, 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.

Site preparation and construction began in early March. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018 with classes slated to begin that fall.

“With the addition and expansion of the SCTC Henry County Center, many students will be able to begin and finish their education in Henry County. Building B will be a huge asset to the Henry County Center, allowing for more programs to be offered at this location,” according to an SCTC statement.

The 35,000-square-foot Building A at the Henry County Center opened in January of 2013 and offers business management, early childhood education, criminal justice, logistics, CISCO computer networking as well as various general purpose and pre-allied health classrooms and labs.

“As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand our educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success,” officials stated.

For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, visit www.sctech.edu.