GGC is prepared to meet critical regional, state needs
It was exciting to begin the 2014 fall semester with a new record enrollment of nearly 11,000 students and the opening of our long-awaited Allied Health and Sciences (AHS) building. It was particularly noteworthy that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal celebrated this building with us at a recent ribbon-cutting event.
Governor Deal is a strong supporter of the need to increase the number of Georgia citizens skilled in nursing and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines – the very reason the AHS building was constructed (see story).
A Georgia Senate study indicates a statewide shortage of 37,000 registered nurses by the year 2020 – just six short years away. A lack of qualified faculty, insufficient clinical sites and poor classroom space are all significant factors contributing to this shortage. Georgia’s nursing programs are unable to admit 4,000 qualified applicants each year.
STEM professionals also are in demand. The Technology Association of Georgia forecasts that there will be 218,000 Georgia jobs in STEM fields by 2018 … and a significant shortage of qualified applicants to fill those jobs.
The new AHS building enables GGC to help fill these critical employment gaps. In addition to housing what promises to be the state’s premiere baccalaureate program in nursing (see related story), the facility will serve all students majoring or taking courses in biology, chemistry, exercise science, information technology, mathematics and psychology – programs specifically selected based on the economic development needs to which our governor often refers.
We truly appreciate those who continue to breathe life into this young and still growing college. With this new, state-of-the-art building and our dedicated faculty, GGC’s nursing and STEM graduates will be positioned for a bright future, and the local community and region will reap the benefits of their professional and economic contributions for decades to come.