Thanks, commission, for your allocation to new college campusWe applaud the Coweta County Commission for finally responding to the West Georgia Technical College request for the county to allocate money to help build the new campus near Interstate 85 and Turkey Creek Road.
Two sizeable buildings are under construction, with money coming primarily from the college’s foundation and from money allocated by the state. Orchard Hills Holding donated the land for the college campus. Money is now being raised to furnish those buildings.
On three different occasions, college and foundation officials approached the county commission asking for money. They wanted up to $2 million spread out over 10-20 years. Those requests had not been answered until Tuesday, when commissioners said they put $50,000 into the Coweta County Development Authority budget earmarked for the college. According to the commission the authority board is to “see if it (the college campus) is a worthwhile investment for the county.”
That’s a no-brainer.
The county should be putting more than this $50,000 into the college. We understand the commissioners’ hesitation to make a long-term commitment to funding that will encumber future commissioners.
We just hope that, in future years, the request will be put before the county and additional money will be allocated.
Educational opportunities are needed right here at home. We have expanded college offerings from University of West Georgia, Mercer University, Brewton-Parker College and others. This new Coweta technical college campus adds to that higher-education mix.