Ga. Highlands, KSU cut ribbon on new Dallas facility

Georgia Highlands College and Kennesaw State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour…

Georgia (Aug 17, 2009) — Georgia Highlands College and Kennesaw State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour today for a new instructional facility at the Bagby Building in downtown Dallas.


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The Paulding County Instructional Site, a joint project of the two colleges, will house GHC’s undergraduate core curriculum classes beginning this fall, and Kennesaw State’s upper level business and graduate educational leadership classes beginning spring 2010.

The nearly $1 million renovation to the former four-story courthouse building, donated by Paulding County for the project, features state-of-the-art classrooms, computer and science labs, a media library, administrative offices and meeting rooms. As the program expands, further renovations are planned for the Winn Building across the Courthouse Square, also a gift from Paulding County.

“This is a very special day for both our institutions and for the people of this region, who not only will have access to quality higher education resources, but also a beautiful facility in the finely preserved, historic town square of Dallas,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp.

“Everyone involved in the development of this project has offered us unfailing support and encouragement,” said Randy Pierce, president of Georgia Highlands College. “Paulding County officials, the Chamber of Commerce, public schools officials and business leaders have all contributed their efforts to make this day happen. We couldn’t feel more welcome. And working with our colleagues at Kennesaw State has been a cooperative effort in every way. We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with the schools, officials and other citizens of Paulding County.”

The new site is a response to a USG capacity study several years ago, which concluded that cooperative efforts between two- and four-year institutions would best address the state’s needs for new academic programs in growing, underserved areas like Paulding County.

GHC and Kennesaw have collaborated previously to provide a Bachelor of Science in nursing at GHC’s health sciences campus in downtown Rome.


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