Kennesaw State and Georgia Highlands open Paulding County Instructional Site

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Classes at new facility in Dallas begin August 19   KENNESAW, Ga. (August, 14, 2009) — A…

Georgia (Aug 18, 2009)Classes at new facility in Dallas begin August 19


KENNESAW, Ga. (August, 14, 2009) — A new instructional facility designed to expand access to higher education in the underserved and fast-growing Paulding County area was officially unveiled today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by high-level state and local officials.


The Paulding County Instructional Site, a joint project of Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College, 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 Bagby 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 academic programs at the site expand, further renovations are planned for the Winn Building, which sits across from the historic Courthouse Square – another gift from Paulding County.    


“This is a very special day for the citizens of Dallas and Paulding County,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “KSU is proud to partner with Georgia Highlands College to bring high-quality educational offerings to this community.  We look forward to responding to the demand and to meeting the needs in this very important part of our state.”


“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 school officials and business leaders all have 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.”


Beginning August 19, the new instructional site will operate full-time with about 20 staff and faculty, and will offer more than 30 classes in the targeted courses and programs.

Initially approved last March by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the new instructional site is one response to a USG capacity study conducted several years ago, which concluded that cooperative efforts between two- and four-year USG institutions would best address the state’s needs for new academic programs in growing, underserved areas like Paulding County. 


The Atlanta Regional Commission has identified Paulding County as one of the fastest-growing counties in Georgia, with 170 percent growth over the last 15 years.  With a population of more than 113,000, the county has no four-year higher education institution.


GHC and Kennesaw have collaborated previously to provide a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at GHC’s health sciences campus in downtown Rome, meeting the increasing need for nurses throughout the state and in Northwest Georgia.


To learn more about Kennesaw State, click on, or get updates about KSU at the Paulding Instructional Site at


Visit the Georgia Highlands College Web site at and follow links to view GHC’s Paudling course schedules. 




Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 22,500 students from 142 countries.


Georgia Highlands College is a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia serving approximately 5,000 students at six sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Paulding County and Douglasville.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit