Mullis, GNTC Lead Efforts In Handling Record Growth

(Rock Spring, Georgia) – Record growth at Georgia Northwestern Technical College has Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis showcasing one of many road improvements taking place in Northwest Georgia this week. A new turn lane, crosswalks and signage, and traffic signals to help control the flow of traffic in and out of the region’s largest college are now in place in Rock Spring, Georgia.
“We needed this because of the rapidly growing numbers at the Walker County Campus of Georgia Northwestern and for the community which runs behind the college,” said Mullis. “We’ve had several accidents over the years, so safety is the main concern. Plus, the large amounts of traffic trying to access the college on a daily basis really makes this kind of improvement a must.”
Georgia Northwestern has five campuses which service Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Murray, Walker, and Whitfield Counties. “This is our largest campus enrollment-wise,” said Dr. Craig McDaniel, President of Georgia Northwestern. “Right now, there is only one way in and one way out of the campus. It was critical to handle this growth.”
GNTC educates 10,000 students every year through on-campus or online class offerings in more than 200 different programs. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, GNTC made a transition to semester terms this fall after more than 45 years of offering courses during quarter terms.
In his 23rd year with the college, GNTC Provost Jeff King has seen a lot of changes at the college. “We are all excited about the growth and the support of the community and our leaders in this expansion,” said King. “Adding these safety measures is just the main step in taking care of our students and our neighbors in this community.” King, along with McDaniel and Mullis, has also been instrumental in plans to open a sixth campus in Catoosa County in the near future.
Mullis, in his sixth two-year term as the state senator representing Georgia’s 53rd district, also serves as the chairman of Georgia’s Senate Transportation Committee. Late in 2010, Mullis along with other Georgia leaders took part in a statewide transportation summit which discussed transportation growth across the Peach State. Among the topics that summit showcased was the latest hopes for a high-speed rail project which would service many regions across Georgia.
Approximately 23,383 people a year benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making Georgia Northwestern the largest college in Northwest Georgia. For more information on the expansion at Georgia Northwestern, call 706-764-3813 for the latest details. Georgia Northwestern is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.