Georgia Northwestern Technical College has broken ground on an expansion of its Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton.
The college says the 80,000-square foot facility is expected to offer programs such as chemical technology, engineering technology, machine tool technology, computer information systems, industrial systems, and logistics, all in an effort to help fill the skills gap between Georgia businesses and the workforce of Northwest Georgia.
“This has been a long time coming,” says Joe Yarbrough, Chair of the Technical College System of Georgia Board of Directors. “For more than a decade, there has been a skills gap between what our companies here in Whitfield and Murray County need and what our workforce was able to provide. Now, Georgia Northwestern will have the facility in place to help bridge the gap."
The building is being constructed on a 21-acre site donated by the Whitfield County School Board and is set to open in either late 2018 or early 2019.
With just one exclusive building in place at the Whitfield Murray Campus, the 2016-17 academic year saw the campus enrollment increase to 1,000 students. “With this expansion, the campus will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students,” says Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College President.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Whitfield Murray Campus is one of the college's six campuses.