WGTC celebrates new Coweta campus
by Celia Shortt
Friday was a memorable day for Coweta County as Carrollton-based West Georgia Technical College formally recognized the opening of its new standalone Coweta campus after years of planning and preparation.
The ceremony was joyful and thankful.. Joyful at what has been accomplished, and thankful for the work done and the community involvement taken to get them there, college officials said. It also focused on the need to continue to look to the future of the school and of Coweta County.
“This is an exciting day for WGTC, for Coweta, and the state of Georgia,” said President of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation Jim Mottola, a Coweta resident.
“This is about the Coweta community coming together and sharing the vision of many people here,” said WGTC President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “This is the point of access to any single individual who wants an education.”
“Today, marks the beginning of a higher capacity to serve even more Coweta citizens,” said Coweta County Board of Education Chairman Winston Dowdell.
The new campus, located off Turkey Creek Road near Georgia Highway 16 East and Interstate 85 south of Newnan, represents a $20 million investment in higher education in Coweta County.
State dignitaries also took part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We are all here today because I think we represent the face of the future,” said State Representative Lynn Smith, R-Newnan.
“On behalf of Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, I would like to say thank you for bringing this campus to Coweta County,” said Matt Brass, a representative for Westmoreland who is also a Coweta resident. “We are going to do whatever we can to make sure you stay here.”
The ceremony ended with a collective — and collaborative — ribbon cutting by WGTC Board members, trustees, state and local dignitaries, and Coweta County citizens.
“We have the opportunity to put Coweta on the map for education,” said Sullivan. “We will make you proud.”
WGTC has four major areas of programs — trade and technical programs, allied health professions, arts and science and business and public service. The new campus has expanded the college’s programs in allied health and arts and sciences, including being the only campus to offer the physical therapist assistant program.
The new campus also offers classes in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development learning and instruction, and computer technology. Core classes in English, psychology and other disciplines are also available.
During Friday’s event, chairman of the Newnan Hospital Board Tom Moat was also named Benefactor of the Year on behalf of the Technical College System of Georgia and WGTC.