Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal has approved of the state fiscal 2018 budget which includes $18.7 million to build a 75,000-square-foot facility on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College campus serving Whitfield and Murray counties. This will be the first new construction at Whitfield Murray since the establishment of the campus in 2010. The addition was made possible in large part by the transfer of approximately 23 acres to the Technical College System of Georgia by the Whitfield County School Board. The donation of land will allow the college to expand classroom space adjacent to the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy and enhance opportunities for high school and college students to develop the occupational skills and knowledge needed by area business and industry. College administrators are hopeful they will be able to begin moving into the new building in the latter half of 2018. The new addition may possibly host its first classes in late 2018 or early 2019. Growth is expected to take place quickly, though. Since hosting its first classes five years ago, the WMC student body is now four times larger than it was in year one. “The Whitfield Murray Campus is seeing very big growth in a short amount of time,” said Pete McDonald, President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. “We could see enrollment at the campus grow to 4,000 students within the next five to ten years.” The WMC shares the current campus site with the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy on Maddox Chapel Road in Dalton.
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