West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus officially open
by Celia Shortt
West Georgia Technical College’s (WGTC) Coweta Campus is now open and preparing for classes to start Aug. 12.
“This is a fabulous facility that will serve the community for years to come,” said WGTC Provost Perrin Alford. “We are extremely excited to offer a phenomenal educational experience to people in Coweta County.”
“I am very excited about this facility,” said Dr. Rosalita Troutt, director of instruction for WGTC. “It means tremendous growth for the school and community. We have a lot of new opportunities with our new programs.”
WGTC has four major areas of programs — trade and technical programs, allied health professions, arts and science and business and public service. The new facility has allowed them to expand their programs in allied health and arts and sciences, including being the only campus to offer the physical therapist assistant program.
Specifically, the campus will offer classes in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development learning and instruction, and computer technology. Core classes in English, psychology and other disciplines will also be available.
East Coweta High School student Faith Strickland came to the Coweta Campus on Monday to take her Compass Placement tests and sign up for classes.
“The building is really nice,” she said. “It’s really close to my house. I’m ready to save money and start my college education.”
Faith plans to be dual-enrolled in high school and college to begin her general education requirements for college. She was not the only one signing up on Monday, as the admissions department was busy with people visiting and students signing up for classes.
“It’s way busier than we expected it to be for the first day,” said admissions counselor Monica Yeoman. “It’s wonderful to finally be over here and have some more space.”
“This new campus is a chance to take what we started at CEC and make it bigger and better and to provide more opportunities for Coweta County,” said Lee Bradley, instructional coordinator.
Also at the campus is a state-of-the art library available for students and the community.
“Just opening the new campus, it means so much to the neighborhood and community,” said Emanuel Mitchell, director of library services. “This will be a phenomenal milestone for this community.”
By 1 o’clock on Monday, approximately 40 people had already visited the library.
The campus also has a new bookstore and a community room open for the public to use, which highlights industries in the Coweta County area.
“This is our community’s building,” said Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of West Georgia Technical College. “We are going to do our best to keep it a part of the community.
“Newnan has wanted this for a long time,” he added. “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.”
The new facility includes two new buildings on 38 acres of land. One building, the state building, consists of classrooms and will be ready when classes start. The second, the Allied Health Building, houses health profession programs, including ones for an emergency medical technician, geriatric care, registered nursing and a physical therapist assistant.
It is located on Turkey Creek Road south of Newnan near the I-85 Moreland exit. The two buildings are part of an eight-building master plan for the campus.