Georgia Highlands College
In 1968 the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia authorized the establishment of Floyd Junior College, and Floyd County voters approved funds for the institution in a referendum held in November of that year. The school became the eighth junior college and the twenty-seventh unit of the university system.
Within several months of the authorization of the new junior college, construction began on a site south of Rome. The first classes were scheduled for September 1970, but the facilities were not complete. Administrators made temporary arrangements at Rome's downtown Metro Building and First United Methodist Church until the site was ready, in December 1970.
David B. McCorkle,
More space was needed to accommodate the growing number of students. In 1972 the school accepted bids for new construction of 60,000 square feet that would include a library, additions to the student center, and classroom and office space for faculty, staff, and student activities. By 1975 enrollment at Floyd was 1,300. In 1987 "junior" was dropped from the institution's name, which become Floyd College. In 2005 the Board of Regents approved a name change to Georgia Highlands College, which reflected the school's growth beyond Floyd County.
Growth and Expansion
In the 1980s the school opened classroom space in downtown Cartersville, in Bartow County. The facilities
Georgia Highlands College operates a satellite campus in Acworth, where students participate in cooperative programs with North Metro Technical Institute. Construction has begun on a new facility in Bartow County, which will combine the operations at Cartersville and North Metro Tech. The new campus, projected to open in 2005, is near Interstate 75.
During the 1997-98 academic year, the college received national attention for a new program, the Information Technology Project, which provided every student with a laptop computer upon enrollment. The program is still in operation.
N. Michelle Williamson, Rome
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