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RECent History of GMC Augusta

Visit the GMC Augusta and you’ll find a vibrant campus full of engaged faculty and staff, motivated students and the buzz of vitality all around. But it was no accident that this gem in the rough became the polished jewel it is today.  Like many success stories, GMC Augusta’s recent transformation rests on the hard work of a talented team with a visionary leader.

With the new team in place, the school’s transformation was swift and impressive.  As dean of academics, one of the first challenges Derek tackled was class scheduling. “Classes were heavily concentrated during the morning. Now, we offer classes from 8 in the morning until 10 at night, with full-time faculty teaching day and evening,” said Shana “Expanding our hours immediately attracted a larger student population and gave them access to the wealth of knowledge our faculty offer,” said Shana. “The new schedule also means we fully utilize our facilities, which is more cost effective.”

By the numbers, GMC Augusta’s turnaround is clear: student enrollment is up from 900 to more than 1,300 (toward a goal of 1,500), with credit hours and revenues up 26%.  

But data doesn’t tell the whole story.  “What’s truly makes a difference in this community is our people.  They make sure students (whom Shana typically refers to as ‘friends’) know they’re not just a number…that we’re going to help them navigate these waters successfully,” said Shana. “That’s what’s drawing students here and it’s what’s keeping them here until they graduate.”  

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Forcast for Alumna Liz Fabian

For a 15-year-old girl from Long Island, the move to Milledgeville might as well have been interplanetary.  “I went from an all-girls, Catholic school in New York to a co-ed, military prep school in small town Georgia,” says Liz, GMC Prep School class of 1978.  “My father’s job with Northrup Grumman transferred us, but I knew no one and nothing about Georgia. GMC truly became my gateway to Georgia – and, really, my entire journey from there forward.”

With GMC as her academic springboard, Liz turned a childhood love of “pretend interviewing” into an impressive journalism career. While earning her bachelor’s degree at GCSU, Liz worked part-time at the campus radio station, where she was bitten by the journalism bug. A month before graduation, she was hired as co-anchor and weather person at the Macon NBC affiliate. “That was back in the dark ages, when we assembled the evening weather map by sticking magnetic symbols and numbers to a board,” she laughs.

Low-tech graphics aside, Liz's news delivery got the attention of an up-and-coming national station: The Weather Channel. For nearly four years, Liz anchored weekday morning weather news segments and was tapped to join TWC’s first breaking weather news team.

Lessons learned from those early experiences helped shape weather reporting into the award-winning coverage TWC is known for today. In fact, Liz's team earned a Golden Cable Ace award from the National Academy of Cable Programming for their 1989 coverage of Hurricane Hugo, among other accolades through the years.

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Investing in our students

                                            Scholarship Donors attend 2015 Luncheon

Gifts Create Gateways                  

Each and every donation to the GMC Scholarship Fund opens the door for students truly motivated to apply themselves. In every case, our students appreciate the advantages a higher education offers, but simply can’t afford to pursue them. 

 We know from experience that without financial assistance, these students might never have the opportunity to earn a college degree or to explore their full potential. For them, receiving a GMC scholarship will stand as pivotal moment in their life’s story. 

 Please consider a donation to the GMC Scholarship Fund. In 2014 and 2015, your donation will be highly leveraged, with gifts matched up to $25,000 each year, for a total of $50,000 at each of our nine locations.  (Your gift can be divided among the nine locations, or you may specify the location you choose to support.)

For further information, contact Sally Thrower, Associate Vice President for College Relations.

 

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20 Aug

Grand Opening of Fayetteville Campus 

The Grand Opening will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Fayetteville, Ga. Please contact Carol Vance for more information.

22 Oct

GMC Foundation Semi-Annual Meeting

The Semi-Annual Meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m.  Location is TBD. 

23-24 Oct

Alumni Weekend

Registration for Alumni Weekend will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Kidd Center. 

11 Dec

President's Gala

A private dinner for President Circle donors will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Legislative Chamber.