SGTC expands diesel and automotive center to meet job growth demands


AMERICUS, Ga — Big expansion plans are underway for the Diesel Technology Building and Morgan Transportation Center at South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

Right now construction crews are working on the final product. An additional 14-thousand square feet of classroom and lab space will be added to offer students state-of-the-art learning experiences. The plans also call for physically bridging together the Morgan and Diesel Technology buildings– which are currently separated. That will make for another 36-thousand square feet of renovated space.

The expansion is in direct response to growth in industries involving diesel engines and automotive technology in the region.

“It’s very critical and those programs are very strong.  The jobs are there, the salaries are there. So to invest in diesel and automobile technology and auto collision is certainly something we feel like is a good investment for the constituency in our community and our taxpayers,” says Dr. John Watford, President of South Georgia Technical College.

The funding for the project comes from nearly $3.5 million appropriated by the state.  The expansion falls in line with the state’s expectation that colleges focus on workforce development programs.

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