Georgia Military College
Located in Milledgeville, a fomer state capital, Georgia Military College is one of five military junior colleges in the United States. Originally created as part of the University of Georgia (UGA), the school is now an independently run institution offering educational opportunities to both current and future members of the U.S. military.
Plans for the college began in 1871, when Georgia received $243,000 from the federal government, Atlanta in 1868, local leaders lobbied for the founding of a new agricultural and military college in Milledgeville. A struggle lasting several years occurred between local leaders and UGA supporters, who wanted the money to go to the state university in Athens. Milledgeville's boosters eventually lost the battle, but in 1878 the state legislature reallocated a small amount of land-grant money for the creation of a college in Milledgeville. Chartered in 1879 as the Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural College, the school opened a year later as a branch campus of UGA.
To help get the school started, the state transferred to the university's trustees the former statehouse, executive mansion, state penitentiary, and land on which the buildings reside. Located on the highest point in the town, the Old Capitol Building became the main facility for the new college,
Securing the school's financial future became a constant struggle for its supporters. University trustees had allocated a mere $2,000 annually toward upkeep, an amount they reduced to $1,500 a few years later. In 1893 the university stopped sending funds completely, forcing legislators and local residents to find alternative sources of funding. In 1894 the Old Capitol Building burned, but despite financial hardships at the time, the school trustees pledged to rebuild it. With support from local, state, and federal sources, the college repaired the fire damage and erected several new buildings.
Like other Georgia colleges founded during the nineteenth century, Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural
In the twenty-first century Georgia Military College has expanded beyond its Milledgeville campus by opening satellite campuses and extension offices across Georgia, as well as developing an online campus. These facilities offer college course work for both active-duty military personnel and civilians.
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