Original Article in Tribune & Georgian

by Johna Strickland Rush

Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed the 2018-19 budget, which includes funding for a new campus in Camden County for Coastal Pines Technical College. The capital project will be the first classroom building in the county for the college, according to Coastal Pines Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert.

“We are excited to have an opportunity to have more of a presence in Camden County,” Deibert said. “Camden has been a strong supporter of our college and the residents and business community have been patiently waiting for a campus to provide more technical programs for Camden and the surrounding counties.”

“This is wonderful news – and long awaited,” stated Sheila M. McNeill, president of The Camden Partnership.  “We have been requesting a technical college for eight years.  Even without their own campus, Coastal Pines has been providing outstanding educational support to our community, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, and Trident Refit Facility.  Once this new campus is built, it will be a source of strength for all of our community and the military presence in Camden.”


The $17,795,000 facility will be 61,395 square feet in size and located conveniently off May Creek Road near Exit 3 on I-95.  As the first building on a new 20 acre higher education campus, the structure will set the design and construction standard for future development of the campus.

The building will have labs to include a welding lab, industrial systems lab, electronics lab, engineering technology lab, and multi-purpose training lab.  This is in addition to a computer lab, classroom for other programs, and general classrooms.  It also includes a large tiered classroom that can be used for multi-purpose training.  Construction on the new site should begin in the fall.

McNeill also commented, “We have been the only military installation in Georgia without a technical college.  We are indebted to Governor Deal, our local legislators and the House Military Working Committee for their efforts and support. I escorted Radm Michael Holland, Commander Submarine Group Ten, and Captain Paul Dinius, Commanding Officer of Trident Refit Facility, for a visit to the State Capitol where we met with Governor Deal.  The technical college was a major topic of conversation.  The Governor shared ways that he thought the College would greatly support the base and especially the Refit (Maintenance) Facility.  Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Camden’s largest employer, requires a highly trained workforce.  This technical college is critical to Camden County citizens and Kings Bay.”


The land for the campus was generously donated several years ago by the Gross Family recognizing the need for technical education and knowing that one day Coastal Pines Technical College would have its own free standing campus.  Currently classes are offered at The College of Coastal Georgia in Kingsland and at Camden County High School.

James Coughlin, Executive Director of the Camden County Joint Development Authority stated, “I look forward to working with Coastal Pines Technical College and local employers to support training programs that provide real opportunities for men and women in Camden County to secure good, high paying jobs in technical fields that make up the fastest growing segments of our nation’s economy.  We are grateful to Governor Deal, Commissioner Arthur, former Commissioner Corbin, Representative Corbett, Senator Ligon and the Gross family for working together to make this long sought-after goal a reality.  Also, thank you to Camden County, St. Marys, Woodbine and Kingsland officials for joining together to overcome the final obstacles to get infrastructure delivered to this new campus.“


The first program offerings, decided in concert with the community, business and economic development leaders, will include:  Adult Education Classroom/Labs, Business Technology, Certified Engineer Assistant, Computer Information Systems, Electronics Technology, Engineering Technology, General Education, Health Care Science, Health Care Assistant, Industrial Systems Technology, Maritime Operations Technology, Naval Maintenance Apprentice, Nurse Aide and Welding & Joining Technology.


Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and offers degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.coastalpines.edu or call 912.510.3327.


Original Article in Tribune & Georgian

by Johna Strickland Rush