Athens Tech cam­pus com­ing to So­cial Cir­cle

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

For Ge­or­gia’s “Great­est Lit­tle Town,” So­cial Cir­cle is about to get a big­ger spot­light.

Athens Tech­ni­cal Col­lege is bring­ing a cam­pus lo­ca­tion to So­cial Cir­cle, an­nounced at the In­dus­try Lead­ers’ Lunch Thurs­day. There is al­ready a lo­ca­tion in Mon­roe.

The col­lege’s pres­i­dent con­tacted So­cial Cir­cle Mayor Hal Dally about three months ago, Dally said. At the time, Athens Tech was look­ing at lo­cat­ing in Mor­gan County, Mon­roe, Lo­ganville or So­cial Cir­cle. Dally said he got the call last Wed­nes­day.

“We’re ex­cited about them choos­ing So­cial Cir­cle,” Dally said. “We never dreamed any­thing like this to hap­pen, but we’re happy to wel­come them to town. It’s pretty good for a small town.”

Dally said he does not know the of­fi­cial date the branch is sup­posed to open to stu­dents. How­ever, the cam­pus will sit on the eastern side of the new sec­tion of Truck By­pass that is cur­rently be­ing built, and that road is not sched­uled to open un­til Novem­ber 2015.

Athens Tech is ac­cred­ited by the South­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools Com­mis­sion on Col­leges to award as­so­ciates de­grees. Orig­i­nally called Athens Area Vo­ca­tional-Tech­ni­cal School, it was founded in 1958 be­fore be­ing re­named Athens Area Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute in 1987 and be­com­ing to­day’s name in 2000. Ac­cord­ing to its web­site the school of­fers classes in tech­ni­cal, busi­ness, health and man­u­fac­tur­ing fields.

In ad­di­tion to the new cam­pus com­ing to So­cial Cir­cle and the es­tab­lished cam­pus in Mon­roe, there are lo­ca­tions in Athens, El­bert County, Greene County and Wash­ing­ton, Ge­or­gia.

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