North GA Technical College Breaks Ground on New Technology Center

The Governor was not able to attend, but a large contingent did yesterday at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Industrial Technology Center on the campus of North Georgia Technical College.

Due to the weather Governor Nathan Deal was not able to fly in for the ceremony, but sent messages of congratulations. Mark Ivester, President of North Georgia Technical College said the new center will be beneficial to many.

“The Industrial technology Center begins a new chapter in the history of our college, but more importantly new opportunities for our students, their livelihoods, our community, our local industries, and those successes of our industries,” said Ivester.

The keynote address was presented by Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia.

“On behalf of our State Board, faculty, staff all around our 22 colleges on 85 campuses congratulations on this exciting day,” said Corbin. “When we look at this ITC we know it is going to carry out three important missions. Economic Development-the lifeblood of keeping a community running, of bringing in additional companies. HVAC-we will have those hot days and on the cool days when we need heat we need you, and CNC-Computer Numeric Controls-they run the plants.”

The new building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018 and will house the HVAC and CNC departments, as well as an Economic Development area with a large conference area for meetings. Corbin said this is a huge investment in the community.

“When it comes to funding of a building such as this, a lifeblood for this community and communities like this across the state of Georgia-Twelve Million Dollars of investment into a community. It’s a big deal,” said Corbin.

Ivester said the new building gives the opportunity for success in many areas including increasing student enrollment in Industrial Technology.

“It will help a lot,” said Ivester. “A new facility does more about attracting students to these Industrial trades which we need. So to change out a 1962 building to a brand new state of the art building is huge. It will attract students and keep them in North Georgia.”

Ivester said everyone in the North Georgia Technical College family is ready for this new addition and looking forward to what this investment is going to do for the area.

“We are very excited and can’t say enough what this means for our community, students, industries, and filling a work force,” said Ivester.
Again, the new 12 million dollar Industrial Technology Center is expected to be completed around August of 2018.