Moultrie Observer

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April 18, 2012

Moultrie Tech celebrates building under construction

MOULTRIE — A $9.5 million building under construction at Moultrie Technical College will provide a state-of-the-art home for health programs and help reunite the campus.

Although a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday at the Veterans Parkway campus  about 25 percent of the construction work has been completed.

The 46,000-square-foot Allied Health Programs center will house areas for instruction in emergency medical technology, medical assisting, neuromuscular therapy, patient care assisting, practical nursing and radiologic technology.

When it opens for students, anticipated for January 2013, it will serve 240 students and double the current instructional capacity, the college said.

“There is going to be an additional area that’s left open so if we wanted to add another health occupation program there would be room to do that,” said Jana Wiggins, director of marketing and public relations.

The $9.5 million provided for design and construction of the building, which has been on the drawing board for more than 10 years, is part of $165 million in bond funding provided by lawmakers and Gov. Sonny Perdue in the 2010 state budget.

The building is also a step toward another goal, moving the remainder of the campus from the old Industrial Drive location to the new campus, Wiggins said.

The college’s GED, construction and automotive courses remain on Industrial Drive.

“The hope is everything would be on Veterans Parkway as opposed to operating two campuses,” Wiggins said.

Allied health has more applicants than any other course area, she said.

“These students are going to have state-of-the-art everything,” she said. “It’s going to be probably the best training center any student could ask for.”

Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, said health care is one of the highest priorities in the state’s technical colleges. They work to provide “world-class medical training” at colleges across the state, he said during remarks at Tuesday’s groundbreaking. Strong health care helps attract business, he said, and improves the quality of life.

“You students who will be trained in this building will be the ones taking care of people like me,” he told health care students attending the ceremony.

 

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