Coweta fast becoming educational mecca

Based on various reports, Coweta County parents survived the first day of school. We wonder who was more excited, the older generation or their offspring.

Car lines were long, hallways jammed and a few schedules were probably mixed up. But it sounded like everyone made it through. All told, more than 22,000 students attended the first day. Even more pencils and notebooks were in attendance.

School has started, but that’s only the first in a series of upcoming changes and events that will be turning Coweta into an educational mecca.

Next week, classes open at the new West Georgia Technical College, Coweta Campus. Located on Turkey Creek Road on a 38-acre tract, two new buildings will be opening. It is part of a larger plan that will eventually include eight buildings on the property.

The new campus means new classes and programs. The technical college will be expanding the allied health and arts and science curriculum, and will become the only local campus offering the physical therapist assistant program. Other offerings include business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development learning and instruction, and computer technology.

As WGTC Provost Perrin Alford said in a recent interview:

“This is a fabulous facility that will serve the community for years to come. We are extremely excited to offer a phenomenal educational experience to people in Coweta County.”

The new educational offerings are wonderful for our community and there is even more to come. The University of West Georgia will move its existing campus from an industrial park to the old Newnan Hospital. With that larger location, new programs and classes will be added. Overall, the renovation project is estimated at $15 million and involves the hospital’s board, the city of Newnan, Coweta County and the state’s Board of Regents.

There are a lot of players involved in this project and it will be a huge economic and educational boost to the area.

With all these projects, Coweta County truly is becoming an educational mecca.

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