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Last Friday afternoon the parking lot of the tech school showed few signs of activity. The apparent absence of educational use has been noticed by community members who voiced criticism and questions at a meeting with Chattahoochee Tech officials last week.
Members of the community, including business leaders and civic officials, met Friday with top administrators of Chattahoochee Technical College to discuss how the college could be reinvigorated to meet the needs of the community.
After a long discussion, several actions were advocated, including the hiring of a full-time person to promote the Jasper campus; a needs assessment to give direction on courses and other offerings; and a promise by the college president “to listen more intently” to the people of this area.
Chattahoochee Technical College has a total enrollment of 10,200 students. The largest group are students who take at least some classes online and also attend classes at a campus. The Marietta campus is the next largest with 4,500 students. 2,500 students attend the second largest campus in Cherokee County, while Pickens only has an enrollment of 414.
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