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GMC-Columbus Announces the Ground Breaking for Its New Campus

Georgia Military College Columbus Announces the Ground Breaking for Its New Campus More students. More faculty. More curriculum. More education. That is what Leon Brunson, a psychology major from Columbus, imagines for Georgia Military College Columbus once it moves into its new, $5 million campus facility at 7300 Blackmon Road in north Columbus. Major General Peter Boylan, president of GMC, has selected the Columbus campus for the first implementation of new instructional technologies, which will are also planned to be implemented at the other GMC campuses in Augusta, Fairburn, Madison, Milledgeville, Sandersville, Stone Mountain, Valdosta and Warner Robins. The new building will provide students with advanced technologies such as a campus-wide, state-of-the art wireless mesh network and Promethean smart boards with student voting systems in all classrooms. Additionally, the installed technology infrastructure will allow future enhancements which may include the use e-textbooks and distributed, virtual desktops served over the web to personal computing devices that all students will be required to have starting in 2013. Instructional enhancements extend beyond technology. Classrooms will be outfitted so they may be easily reconfigured to support various active learning strategies being used by GMC faculty and all class sections (traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and online) will continue to use the Moodle Rooms Learning Management System, which allows students to access class materials from computers, tablets and smartphones. “It makes me happy that school is growing and expanding. It is great to have more room for specific courses and the Biology lab, too,” said Christine Pickett, an early childhood education major from Columbus. “I think it is going be cool,” Kenyada Majors, a general studies major from Columbus, said. “It will give students a hands-on chance to learn more about technology.” Students are also excited about the change in location. Lizmarie Zambrana, general studies major, of Columbus, said, “This will be very convenient for me. I like the idea of a more comfortable space with an independent building for the students.” With all of the excitement over the move, some students wish the move had happened a long time ago. Bertha Frank, a psychology major from Columbus, is graduating this term, and will miss having classes in the new campus. “It’s nice to have more of a college atmosphere and more room,” Frank said, “but I will be a graduate by the time the new campus is built. Maybe I can come back. Maybe there will be a job in it for me!” The ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on June 14, 2012, and GMC Columbus plans to begin offering classes at the new campus in January 2013. For further information regarding this announcement: Melissa Voynich, Public Relations: mvoynich@gmc.cc.ga.us Main Lobby: 706-478-2688