New Opportunities: WGTC's new Coweta Campus opening soon
by CELIA SHORTT
West Georgia Technical College’s new Coweta campus on Turkey Creek Road is poised to open soon and bring with it many new opportunities for Coweta County’s students, industries and community.
“Newnan has wanted this for a long time,” said WGTC’s president, Dr. Skip Sullivan. “I’m excited that we are bringing this to Newnan and Coweta County. We want to be the first choice of education in Coweta County.”
Currently, the new facility consists of two buildings on 38 acres of land. The master plan includes eight total buildings. One building, the state building, consists of classrooms. The second, the Allied Health Building, is being funded but the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and will house health profession programs including ones for emergency medical technician, geriatric care, registered nursing, and physical therapy assisting. The Coweta campus will be the only one currently offering the physical therapy assistant program. Dr. Sullivan also indicated that they hope to have opportunities for other schools to hold classes there, making the new campus a educational hub for the area.
In the allied health building are state-of-the-art labs and classrooms designed for the students to be able to transition directly from the classroom to the workplace. They have the equipment and facilities that they will see in the workplace after school. For example, students in the EMT program will be able to simulate everything that happens in an ambulance - from the call to when it arrives at the hospital. The new facility also has expanded science labs allowing WGTC to offer classes in Coweta County that it was unable to offer before.
“This new science lab is four times the size of the current one,” said Dr. Jeremy Bishop, a biology instructor at WGTC. “It brings with it new programs. We will be offering microbiology for the first time in the spring.”
“We don’t want to just have a beautiful building, said Peter Ludlow, associate provost at WGTC’s Coweta Campus. “But we want to have quality education with leaders who know what they are doing and are consistent with the mission of this school and the community.”
As associate provost, Ludlow hopes to establish WGTC as an internal part of the Coweta community that develops programs, services, and business relationships, meeting the needs and wants of the community.
The new Coweta Campus will also offer instruction in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development and learning, and computer technology as well as core classes in English, psychology, and other disciplines. It also has a library that will be open to the public.
“This is our community’s building,” said Dr. Sullivan. “We are going to do our best to keep it a part of the community.”
The new facility includes a community room that will be open for the public to use and will highlight industries in the Coweta County area.
“Typically, the local technical college is one of the first stops for prospects,” said Dawn Cook, vice president for institutional advancement at WGTC. “The Coweta County Community Room at the campus will showcase products manufactured and produced in the county and will help with selling Coweta County to investors and business prospects.”
Cook believes that the new campus will have a positive impact for Coweta because more local students will be able to stay in the community, and commuting students from other counties will buy books, food, and fuel as they travel to and from classes.
Pre-enrollment for the new Coweta Campus has begun, and the first classes there are slated to start on Aug. 12.