COLUMBUS, GA - It has been a dream in the making for about 11 years and Columbus Technical College is finally seeing that dream come true.
The 78,000 square foot Robert L. Wright, Jr. Health Sciences Center on River Road in Columbus is officially open for students!
To commemorate this milestone, the college is hosting an invitation-only grand opening ceremony on Friday, October 8, starting at 10:30 a.m. The event will entail brief comments from dignitaries, a ribbon-cutting, barbeque lunch, tours of the facility and giveaways for all attendees.
The top-notch health sciences center is named after Columbus philanthropist, entrepreneur, and generous donor, Dr. Robert L. Wright, Jr.
This important public-private venture was the result of a successful fundraising campaign called Tomorrow's Workforce… Today that raised approximately $10 million. Another $16.28 million was earmarked for the project in 2008 thanks to the state of Georgia.
Columbus Technical College president Bob Jones says the success of this project proves the college's dedication to the people it serves.
"This state-of-the-art facility, that many believe to be the finest in our system and the region, tells our community that Columbus Technical College is committed to the long term growth of its services while maintaining the highest standards possible in education and training," Jones said.
Skanska is an internationally-known and widely-respected construction company; it has been a crucial partner in this endeavor by overseeing the construction of the River Road complex.
"We are proud to help provide this great institution with this premier healthcare education facility that will meet the demands of an increasing student population," said Skanska Senior Vice President and Columbus resident Alan Scoggins. "It has been a pleasure to work with the Columbus Technical College staff to deliver a quality institution for this campus and its students."
Source: Columbus Technical College