Atlanta Christian to locate in West Point

From STAFF REPORTS news@newnan.com It appears Newnan has been passed over as a location for the new home of Atlanta Christian College. After student leaders and administrators informed students Thursday, the college announced in a press release that it is relocating its traditional campus from East Point to West Point, Ga., to expand its capacity and athletic offerings. It will relocate its traditional campus in fall 2012 and will maintain an adult learning program in East Point and its adult learning and dual enrollment program for high school students in Peachtree City. Plans also call for launching a satellite location in Savannah in fall 2011.
The college also announced that it will expand its athletic programs to include club football, softball and cross country in 2011 and hopes to compete in the NAIA in football in 2012. In addition to its relocation to West Point, Atlanta Christian College announced to students that it is changing its name to Point University as of July 1. Point University's first semester of classes in West Point, the city at the Georgia-Alabama state line that is now home to the new Kia Manufacturing, will be in fall 2012. The university will maintain an adult degree program at its current East Point location and its program for adult learners and dual-credit enrollment high school students in Peachtree City. The relocation of the main campus to West Point will enable the soon-to-be-renamed Point University to accommodate future growth of its study body, physical campus and increased athletic offerings, as well as position it to draw students from more areas of the Southeast. Students meeting the academic requirements will continue to be eligible for Georgia's HOPE Scholarship, said administrators through the press release. Since the college's trustees began searching for a new location for its traditional student programs in 2007, its enrollment has nearly tripled. Part of this growth is attributed to the take-off of the college's Access program for working adults seeking degrees, which was launched in 2008. College officials had eyed Newnan as a possible new home, at one point taking a tour with Newnan city officials of possible facilities and locations. In addition to the school's relocation and name change, Point University officials announced that it will add football, as well as softball and cross country, to its sports programs. The school will field a club team for football in fall 2011 and hopes to compete as part of the NAIA in fall 2012. The college won the 2010 NCCAA Division II national championship in baseball. "Our East Point campus is surrounded by residential property, and campus master planning experts and other consultants advised us in recent years that our current campus could not accommodate planned growth," said Atlanta Christian College President Dean Collins. "We've been searching for nearly four years for a place that would give us the ability to grow in every aspect of campus life -- from enrollment to constructing additional dorms and athletic facilities -- and the thriving community of West Point and the Greater Valley Area had everything we were looking for." "The city of West Point, Ga., is very excited that Point University has announced its new home will be in West Point," said West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson IV. "West Point is undergoing an amazing rebirth as KIA has begun production and the addition of Point University to our community will further enhance the economic, physical and human revitalization of our city. Our shared future is very bright in West Point." Phase I of the West Point campus includes student housing in a nearby quality apartment community and renovation of the former downtown headquarters of West Point-Pepperell, a leading textile manufacturer, for use as the soon-to-be university's primary academic building. The school also anticipates renovating existing facilities in historic downtown West Point for use as an auditorium and chapel. Students will immediately have access to a 54,000-square-foot sports complex for recreational and university sports programs. Phase II plans include construction of student dormitories in the historic downtown, creating a walkable campus amid shops and restaurants, and construction of new athletic facilities. In July 2011, in advance of its relocation from East Point to West Point, the school will be renamed Point University. "Our new name not only captures our historic and future geographic locations, but our ongoing mission to equip students who are passionate about being points of influence in business, the arts, education and the non-profit world," said Collins. Founded in 1937, Atlanta Christian College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution preparing students to influence all spheres of culture for Christ. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Atlanta Christian College offers associate and bachelor's degrees in 11 areas of study.


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