The Union Recorder

September 19, 2013

New CGTC facility available for public use

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Fall semester is in full swing as students, faculty and staff have comfortably settled into the new Center for Health Sciences facility at the Milledgeville campus of Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC). 

With a 5,000 square-foot versatile conference space, two computer labs and a meeting room available for public use on the first floor, area nonprofit, civic and professional organizations and groups dedicated to promoting education are encouraged to take advantage of the space equipped with the latest technology.

“We encourage organizations and groups to use our facilities. Visits to our campus promote community awareness and goodwill. We’re dedicated to quality education and complete and total professionalism,” said Becky Lee, CGTC vice president of economic development programs. “Any function or activity that takes place on our campus must be so dedicated.”

According to the facilities usage policy, CGTC limits the use of its facilities and reserves the right to refuse any request when it is deemed not in the best interest of the institution.

“Priority shall be for full and part-time students,” Lee said while referencing the policy. “School facilities shall not be available for groups or individuals for private gain. A meeting or series of meetings will not be approved when the purpose of the meeting is primarily profit-making in nature.”

Adequate meeting space and parking is available. Caterers can also cater for various approved functions. The large conference center can comfortably seat 200 to 250 individuals, or has the capability of dividing into a quad space.

“Each quad can has its own [audio/visual] equipment with internet access. A monitor that’s a little over nine feet is in the conference room and quad space as well. The conference room has 18 seats around the table,” said Brent Rosencrantz, CGTC director of the conference center. “We never had a space to accommodate groups of any size. We were always competing with credit classes so it was hard to schedule anything, but now we have space dedicated first and foremost to continuing education, development and certification.”

Lee said reservations for facility use are expected to be “back-to-back” within the next six to nine months.

“At the Macon campus, we’ve had the Department of Revenue, a tax equalization group, University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute, Georgia Department of Education and other organizations book in the beginning of the year. We’re accommodating and drawing people here from all over the state and region,” Lee said. “Our first and primary focus of the facility is continuing education, customized business and industry courses and professional development courses. The facility’s usage isn’t the primary focus of this center; it’s for us to offer and run all of these programs. When space is available, we encourage people to use it since this is a multi-purpose facility.”

The three-story, 70,000 square-foot facility is also the home to health care programs, customized industry training, an expanded library, a workforce development center, an information technology center for all CGTC campuses, and faculty and administrative offices. Local and state dignitaries, educators, students and community partners celebrated the grand opening of the $17 million facility Friday, April 12 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We’re so excited about the space. There can be multiple events going on at the same time because of the flexibility of the quads,” Lee said. “I think this is a beautiful facility, and Baldwin County and the surrounding areas have embraced our mission. We’re brand new and we’re just getting in and getting comfortable, but there’s great potential for this facility.”

For more information about reserving space at CGTC for an event, contact Rosencrantz at 478-445-2307, email brosencrantz@centralgatech.edu, or visit www.centralgatech.edu.

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