GPC Unveils Expansion, New Program at Alpharetta Center

07/20/2010
Contact: Beverly James
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Author: Beverly James   

For Immediate Release

When Georgia Perimeter College’s Alpharetta Center opens its doors this fall, students will find GPC no longer occupies just a handful of rooms in the 50,000-square-foot building. Georgia Perimeter will fill the entire structure.

For 10 years the classroom building at the Alpharetta Center has been shared by Georgia State University and GPC. By the start of fall semester, however, Georgia State will have completed construction of a new facility, located just across the parking lot, allowing GPC to take total ownership of the original building.

The change will not only increase classroom space for GPC students in Alpharetta, but also will increase student services, programs and possibilities for the area.

“We’re opening up a whole new world for higher education in Alpharetta,” says Frank Nash, dean of student services at GPC’s Alpharetta Center. “We are in a great situation here. Georgia State and GPC worked together to transfer this building. We will continue to work together.”

“We are proud to partner with Alpharetta and the north Fulton area,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. “One collaborative effort between the two institutions will be evident this fall, with the offering of a 2 Plus 2 Program to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration. The new program allows participating students to take their first two years at Georgia Perimeter College’s Alpharetta Center, then their remaining two years at the neighboring GSU Alpharetta campus. The degree offered at Alpharetta includes concentrations in accounting or marketing.”

The 2 Plus 2 Program in Business Administration also is being offered at GPC’s Newton Campus (with concentrations in marketing or managerial sciences). At that campus, Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State already offer an early childhood education 2 Plus 2 Program for a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Nash says Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State are hoping to add a 2 Plus 2 early childhood education program at Alpharetta and are exploring other such partnered programs, perhaps in criminal justice and social work.

Georgia State is expected to receive its certificate of occupancy for its new building on July 12, Nash says. Transfer of the original building to GPC is set for Aug. 3. Meanwhile, renovations under way in the GPC building will provide an office of student life, a book store, an open computer lab, a library and offices for financial aid, testing services, student financial services, advising and counseling, enrollment and registration services and public safety. The improvements, which follow the “one-stop-shop design” of other GPC campuses, will meet the needs of Alpharetta students, Nash says.

“The majority of the student services, enrollment, registration and admissions, financial aid and student accounts are localized around the main entrance,” he says. “People can easily find what they need. All will be right here when they walk through the doors.”

“It will be great having Financial Aid here,” said GPC student Derek Bowles. “And a book store—that will really help.” Student Brittani Frye looks forward to the addition of labs, which will be convenient for students taking Chemistry and Biology.

Nash says plans are being made to expand GPC’s building to provide four labs for the science curriculum.

“We are thrilled that Georgia Perimeter College is expanding its services in Alpharetta,” says Brandon Beach, president and CEO of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “The opportunities provided by GPC complement the exceptional public and private educational options already offered in the North Fulton area. We look forward to continuing to work with GPC in the future.”

The current renovation will not only provide a high level of service to students, but also will increase enrollment capacity at the center from 1,100 to up to 2,500 students, says Nash.

“This 50,000-square-foot building will provide more classrooms and services than we’ve ever had before at this location,” Nash said. “And it’s only the beginning!”

For more information about Georgia Perimeter College’s Alpharetta Center, visit www.gpc.edu, or e-mail amyroberts@gpc.edu. Until Aug. 9, you also may phone the Alpharetta Center at 404-413-7878; new telephone numbers will be assigned to the center following the building’s transfer.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.