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OUR VIEW: GGC takes another step in evolution

We’re used to good educational news in Gwinnett County, this week’s report that Gwinnett County Public Schools beat the state average on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests being the latest.

But there was another event this past week that signaled the march toward a major educational milestone, this one at the collegiate level. Georgia Gwinnett College had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its student housing, which will be ready in August when 1,000 students are expected to move in.

It’s a major change for the school, coming just four years after GGC opened. In addition to the housing, GGC is also constructing a student center and a new Library and Learning Center as the school begins to leave its commuter college status behind.

“The housing is particularly important for the college as it represents an important step in building the ‘Campus of Tomorrow,’” GGC president Dan Kaufman said. “These first residence halls represent Georgia Gwinnett’s historic transformation from a commuter-only college to a full-service residential campus.”

It is a $100 million project that will change the college both in the way it looks and works. In just four years GGC has gone from 112 students to more than 3,000.

And as the campus continues to grow, both with buildings and students, the future looks bright.