Germanna Community College
|Germanna Community College|
|President||Dr. David A. Sam|
|Location||, Virginia, USA
Germanna Community College, est. 1970, is a community college and member of the Virginia Community College System, with campuses located in Locust Grove, Fredericksburg, Stafford and Culpeper. It takes its name from a settlement founded by Governor Alexander Spotswood for a group of German miners, by the Rapidan River at what is now Germanna Ford.
Germanna Community College is one of the twenty-three community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. It is a two-year public institution of higher education established in 1970. The College serves the residents of Caroline, Culpeper, King George, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, and Stafford counties and the City of Fredericksburg.
Germanna Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges to award Associate's degrees. The college's Associate in Applied Science nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and both the Associate in Applied Science nursing and practical nursing certificate programs are approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
The President's office
The College is governed by policies set by the State Board for Community Colleges with support and advice from the Germanna Community College Board. Primary funding for the College is provided by the State, supplemented by contributions from seven counties and one city and by student tuition.
Germanna Community College is a public institution of higher education in the Virginia Community College System.
The current president is Dr. David A. Sam.
Location & facilities
Fredericksburg area campus
The Fredericksburg Area Campus is located on seventy-acres donated by the John T. Hazel family in Spotsylvania County near the intersection of Interstate 95 at Routes 1 and 17 South. Phase I of the Fredericksburg Area Campus opened January, 1997. The V. Earl Dickinson Building, a 76,000 square-foot facility, includes classrooms, laboratories, library, student lounge, bookstore, and offices for faculty and administrative staff to provide a full range of services to students.
Phase II, The Workforce Development and Technology Center, a 40,000 square-foot building devoted to the use of technology for the delivery of instruction and advanced technology training programs opened in October 2004.
Phase III, scheduled to open in 2012, is planned for approximately 50,000 square-feet providing laboratories, instructional resources, student services and more. Additional facilities, including parking decks, tennis courts, playing fields, nature trails, jogging paths, and picnic areas, are planned for future development of the 70-acre campus.
The Locust Grove campus is located on Route 3 midway between Culpeper and Fredericksburg. The campus consists of 100 wooded acres adjacent to the Rapidan River in Orange County.
The campus building of approximately 65,000 square feet (6,000 m2) includes classrooms, laboratories (including a state-of-the-art technologies laboratory), a wellness center, bookstore, administrative and faculty offices, a library, information services, business office, and student lounge. Outdoor facilities include tennis courts and a playing field, as well as nature trails, jogging paths, and a picnic area. Germanna president David Sam announced the facility is working toward obtaining $2.5 million to replace the new building, and will demolish the old building. Sam anticipates the project will take six years to finish, and has announced he has yet to approach architects.
Daniel Technology Center
Located at the junction of U.S. Route 29 and State Route 3 adjacent to the town of Culpeper, Germanna’s Joseph R. Daniel Technology Center occupies 34 acres. The 39,000 square foot facility is designed primarily for workforce development instruction and technology training. A wide variety of credit classes are also offered. The Daniel Technology center includes a conference center with 700 theatre-style seats, a banquet with 300 seats, a manufacturing technology lab, an executive conference room, a training suite, and a catering kitchen. Its design also includes an interactive video theatre and a computer tech lab.
Stafford County Center
Germanna’s Stafford County Center is located on Jefferson Davis Hwy at Aquia Park. Germanna opened the facility in July 2009 with the support of the Stafford County Economic Development Authority. The center provides a full range of credit courses in addition to Workforce and Community Education.
August 23, 2011 earthquake
On August 23, 2011 an earthquake damaged the Fredericksburg Area Campus' Dickinson Building. This was the only building with significant damage, while the damage to the other building was cosmetic.
- "About Germanna Community College". Germanna Community College. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
- "Institutional Effectiveness: Accreditation". Germanna Community College. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
- Simmons, Rhonda (29 March 2014). "Germanna seeks $2.5M to replace, rebuild Locust Grove campus". Star Exponent. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- Gould, Pamela (August 24, 2011), Germanna closing update, Free Lance Star, retrieved August 24, 2011