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Georgia Military College Celebrates Opening with Ribbon Cutting
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Georgia Military College (GMC) announced in August that Zebulon would be the site of placement of a satellite campus. A ribbon cutting was held for the new facility on January 11, 2018. Zebulon is an Extension Center of the Fayetteville Campus, and classes are prepared and ready for students to begin attending in March of 2018.

Brigadier General Rock Donahue (US Army, Ret.), Executive Director, told the standing room only audience about the value college education and a season of new beginnings with GMC in the community. "Thank you to those who made this vision a reality," he said.

Bobby Blalock, Mayor of Zebulon, said that Pike County students can get an education here in our hometown. "This is the biggest thing to happen in Zebulon since I've been living here." He said that he hoped that the future is brighter and brighter.

Lt. General William B. Caldwell IV (US Army, Ret.), President of Georgia Military College, said, "We've placed a seed in this community because leadership had a vision to grow here." He thanked everyone who helped make this vision of affordable and accessible education into a reality in our community. He stressed that students can transfer to 45 colleges and universities from GMC with 40 that guarantee admission with an associates degree from GMC.

Bill Taylor from WKEU Radio in Griffin said that he is looking forward to GMC being here in our community. He thanked all who were instrumental in helping this become a reality including Rep. Johnnie Caldwell, Jr., his own family, and Barnstormer's Grill. "This will be felt for decades into the future, and I appreciate you being here," he said of GMC.

Ms. Layonya Holmes is the Extension Center Director of the GMC Zebulon Campus. She thanked the Pike County community and City of Zebulon. Ms. Holmes is from the Thomaston area. She introduced the first student at the GMC Zebulon Campus to those assembled at the ribbon cutting. "This is your time," she told her. She praised a time of new beginnings and said, "This is your day!"

Chaplain Kennenth Koon, Armed Forces Mission, offered the invocation and benediction for the ribbon cutting event. The public gathered in celebration and looked at the rooms that have been transformed into classrooms once again. GMC's motto is "Start here... Go anywhere!"

GMC is a fully accredited institution that accepts anyone with a High School Diploma or GED and it was noted on the GMC website that GMC is a part of the Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program. GMC also offers 24 year two-year Associate Degree programs along with two four-year online Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees (BAS) that were developed to help Tech School graduates continue their goals in education. Click here to find out more about the programs that will be offered.

Photos of the ribbon cutting are shown courtesy of Jay Bentley, Director of the Office of Communications for GMC.

Click here to read the breaking news story from August that announced the arrival of Georgia Military College in Zebulon.


Photo courtesy of Jay Bentley.

Photo courtesy of Jay Bentley.