2013-06-05 / Other News

BSC thanks state leaders

Supporters of Bainbridge State College thanked state leaders, including visiting Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, last week for securing a $3 million expansion of a classroom building.

Lt. Gov. Cagle said it took vision to create Bainbridge State College, and it took investment for it to evolve into a regional economic engine.

“We have the opportunity to continue to invest and continue to build something here that is going to make a difference, not just for us, but for generations to come,” the lieutenant governor said.

The River Burch Hall expansion will more than double the building’s 8,260 square feet with an additional 10,000-square-foot expansion.

“We can’t have regional ideas anymore. We have got to have worldclass ideas,” Sen. Burke said.

Rep. Gerald Greene, whose district includes BSC’s Blakely Site, said the college is a shining example in southwest Georgia.

River Burch Hall’s current classrooms are used by BSC’s paramedic and other health sciences programs. Once completed, the renovated hall will include several additional state-ofthe art classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices and a student gathering space.

Dr. Carvajal said the need for such strategic investment at Bainbridge State College is critical. He cited a 2010 University System study that found BSC had the lowest net square footage per student FTE (full-time equivalent) of any USG institution.

In the second phase, the college hopes to construct a new 60,000- square-foot academic building that will house all new science labs, space for the college’s new agribusiness program and all-new simulation rooms to support the BSC nursing program.

“We look forward to working with our Board of Regents, local legislators and all our state officials during next year’s session to hopefully fund this additional project, which is one of the final buildings in the existing USG capital pipeline,” Dr. Carvajal said.

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