Chattahoochee Technical College
|President||Ron Newcomb, Ed.D.|
Chattahoochee Technical College (commonly Chattahoochee Tech or sometimes CTC or Chatt Tech) is a two-year state technical college with campuses located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is governed by the Technical College System of Georgia. Chattahoochee Technical College has eight campuses in the north-northwest metro-Atlanta area, and another just outside the region. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award technical certificates of credit, diplomas, and associate degrees. The college was formed in 2009 as the result of the merger of Appalachian Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College, and North Metro Technical College.
There are eight campus locations north and northwest of Atlanta. They include:
- North Metro Campus
- Marietta Campus
- Mountain View Campus
- Austell Campus
- Paulding Campus
- Appalachian Campus
- Canton Campus
- Woodstock Campus
North Metro Technical College was established in 1989 as one of the first institutions created under the direction of the new Department of Technical and Adult Education. Originally named North Metro Technical Institute, the college was located in Acworth, GA, and officially served Bartow and north Cobb counties, but was also positioned to serve the populations in Cherokee and Paulding counties. The campus was named the North Metro Campus following the 2009 merger.
The original and main campus, known as the Marietta Campus, is located immediately adjacent to Marietta, between South Cobb Drive (Georgia 280) and Sandtown Road (Coordinates: ). During the early 2000s, three buildings were added on the other side of Sandtown Road, within the Marietta city limits.
The Paulding Campus was dedicated in November 1996. A second building was constructed in 2009, and dedicated on October 13, with keynote speaker Glenn Richardson. The Paulding Campus is home to the college's nursing program.
The Mountain View Campus was donated to Cobb County by the family of the late Frank Gordy, proprietor of the famous restaurant The Varsity in Atlanta. Specified for educational use, the county supplied the land and most of the construction money for the building, which was dedicated to the county commission in 2000 and opened for class that October, and was transferred to the state in 2009 after having been leased for a dollar a year. It shares a parking lot with the adjacent Mountain View Aquatics Center, an indoor public swimming pool run by the county. The school's address is on Frank Gordy Parkway, a loop which allows access to these developments, but whose street name signs all indicate only Gordy Parkway. The Mountain View Campus is home to the college's Culinary Arts program, Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) program, and the Television Production Technology program.
The South Cobb Campus was renamed the Austell Campus in spring 2010. It consists of two one-story buildings on Tech Center Drive, and its address is on Veterans Memorial Drive (U.S. 78/278 & Georgia 8), which was originally the historic Bankhead Highway.
The Woodstock Campus is located in the former Woodstock Elementary School (historically the all-grades Woodstock School, the town's first public school), and was the second campus of Appalachian Tech.
Canton Campus opened at Bluffs Technology Park (approximately ) for winter quarter 2011.
Gilmer (north of Pickens) is the only county within the school's official service area that does not have a campus of its own, but is served by the Appalachian Campus located in Jasper, Pickens County.
Through June 2009, graduation ceremonies were held only in June and September, and were at the Mable House amphitheatre in Mableton. Due to the growth of the graduating class, the December 2009 graduation ceremony was held at the Cobb Galleria Centre; in June 2010 it was held nearby at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre where it has remained until 2016, during which the ceremony was held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center in Cartersville.
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- "Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission - Ribbon Cutting at Chattahoochee Tech". Gsfic.georgia.gov. October 13, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2012.