Expanded college offerings a big plus for Newnan, Coweta

College-level educational opportunities continue to expand in our community giving our growing population a smorgasbord of course and degree offerings right here at home. For years we have commented that a community growing at the pace of Newnan and Coweta County needed more college opportunities locally. For many years the University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College have had satellite programs in Newnan. West Georgia for decades has had the Newnan Center on Shenandoah Boulevard, and West Georgia Tech's presence has been at Central Educational Center. Newer to the local scene are satellite programs offered by Brewton-Parker College and Mercer University.
All of these universities and colleges have shown an interest in expanding. One of the major expansion is the eagerly anticipated stand alone Coweta campus of West Georgia Tech which was announced about a year ago. Last week we got an update when college officials said a rezoning hurdle would be cleared this month and groundbreaking for the initial phase of the new campus could be scheduled later his month. Also last week came word from Mercer University officials of plans to add graduate courses and degree programs here beginning this fall. The Mercer announcement said Professional Master of Business administration and Master's of Early Childhood Education will be added to the current undergraduate programs offered by Mercer. The exciting part of the Mercer announcement was the university expects Mercer enrollment here to eventually reach 1,000 students. That's an ambitious goal considering current enrollment here is about 30 students. A Mercer spokesman said the Coweta Mercer satellite eventually is envisioned as becoming largest satellite campus for Mercer in the area. The Mercer expansion and the updated news on West Central Tech's plans in Coweta are exciting steps for higher education in our community. We're glad to see these expansions along with the increased choices offered here by University of West Georgia and Brewton-Parker College.

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