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Student Dorm at EGC
Thursday, 26 August 2010

August 26--  By the time next Fall Semester rolls around at East Georgia College in Swainsboro, some students who must now commute will have the option of living on campus.

Construction is starting on the college's first-ever residence hall, a three-story, 200 bed, $8 million project.


Pictured left to right are Kevin Palmer, architect; Kelly Wilson, program manager with Board of Regents' Office on Facilities; EGC Foundation Chair, Bill Rogers; Representative Larry J. "Butch" Parrish; East Georgia College President, Dr. John Black; Senator Jack Hill; Vice Chancellor of University System of Georgia, Rob Watts; and Brett Fortune of Fortune-Johnson Construction Management Firm. Photo by EGC Public Relations Director, Jerry Hooks.

According to college President Dr. John Black, "It's a sea change for us and I really appreciate the support of the University System of Georgia for helping us do this."

One of the reasons East Georgia got the nod for the dorm is its top ranking in the state in helping students transition from high school to a four-year university.

"Of the 16 schools, we have the highest percentage of students who actually complete an Associate Degree and/or transfer to a four-year school," Dr. Black notes. 

Dr. Black says he hopes students from places like Toombs County will decide not to make the 30 to 40 mile commute and choose to live on campus.

East Georgia is also starting construction now on a new academic building on its Statesboro campus.  Dr. Black says enrollment this semester totals nearly 3,300 students in Swainsboro and Statesboro.

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