GMC holds ground-breaking ceremony

WARNER ROBINS — Officials broke ground Monday for an administrative building at the Warner Robins campus of Georgia Military College that’s expected to be completed by March.

About three dozen people attended the event, which included elected officials and ambassadors and staff from the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce.

The 12,000-square-foot building will house the admissions office, business office, bookstore, seven faculty offices, five humanities and education classrooms as well as a computer lab.

Once the building is complete, it would expand its 15 classrooms to 22, said Ted Ramsdell, director of the school’s Warner Robins campus.

The ground-breaking ceremony indicates continuing growth in the city, said Ed Rodriguez, president of the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce, who said there have been 60 ground-breaking ceremonies since January in Warner Robins.

“When you talk about quality of life, first and foremost is education,” Rodriguez said.

“That’s why we’re here today.”

Afterward, Mayor John Havrilla touted the benefits of education.

“Education builds community character. Education builds job opportunities. Education builds prosperity,” Havrilla said.

Enrollment at GMC in Warner Robins is just below 1,100 for the fall quarter, said Ramsdell, and is expected to grow to 1,150 in January. Just five years ago, that number stood at 700.

“Something we’re always checking is the demographics of the area you occupy,” Ramsdell said. “It coincides with the growth you see all across.”

At GMC’s Warner Robins campus, there are 15 full-time faculty, 60 adjunct faculty and 15 full-time staff members.

To accommodate the 150 classes offered on the Warner Robins campus each quarter, classes take place from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., as well as on weekends.

“You have to get creative,” Ramsdell said.

Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan, president of GMC, said the school’s growth and success has been made possible in part by the local emphasis on educational achievement at all levels.

“We are grateful to Warner Robins for understanding the contribution Georgia Military College can make in the educational system,” Boylan said.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.