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Paulding County Donates Facilities for GHC/Kennesaw State Instructional Site

ATLANTA - Officials from Paulding County this morning presented the Board of Regents with a gift of two buildings in Dallas for use as an instructional site by Georgia Highlands College and Kennesaw State University. The two institutions have submitted academic plans to the Board of Regents for review at their March meeting, and anticipate ultimately offering three degree levels. GHC will serve as the lead institution managing the site and seeks to provide core curriculum courses leading to an associate's degree. Kennesaw State is seeking the regents' approval to offer upper-level undergraduate business classes for juniors and seniors and graduate classes in educational leadership.

The buildings are located on the square in downtown Dallas. The Henry Winn Building will be renovated first. Plans are to create six classrooms and several offices for faculty/staff in the nearly 11,000 square-foot facility. There are more than two acres surrounding that building to accommodate parking and landscaping. Renovation plans are currently being developed a for the site .

The second building, the George Bagby Courthouse Annex, comprises almost 31,000 square feet and lies across the square from the Winn Building. Renovations on that structure will be completed at a later date, as enrollment grows.

GHC President Dr. Randy Pierce said, "We have had such enthusiastic interest from community members in Paulding that I feel confident the site will grow quickly to meet the needs of Paulding County. When we open, we plan to offer about 15 courses to a conservative estimate of 300 students."

Students in the Dallas/Paulding County area, which is expected to almost double in population by 2020, presently have to travel more than 35 miles to the nearest associate degree-granting institution and more than 20 miles to access undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State, said, "We are extremely appreciative of the generosity and support this partnership has received from Dallas' city officials and Paulding County commissioners, which will go a long way in allowing this project to move forward. This site will allow us to extend our programs to an under-served area of the state to improve higher education access for a fast-growing community."

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Georgia Highlands College is a two-year institution in the University System of Georgia, serving more than 4,700 students at five sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta and Carrollton.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries.

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