Chatt Tech expands libraries, student centers
by Mark Andrews
Feb 02, 2013 | 1177 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The library at Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro Campus in Acworth is undergoing changes, with a new 5,200-square-foot, $785,875, facility currently being constructed and expected to open in August.

“The renovations will more than double the space we had previously,” Director of Libraries Barbara Moore said in a prepared statement. “It doubles both the amount of study space and the number of computers.”

She said the new facility will feature two small group study areas that were not available in the previous facility and its modern design will be a boon for the campus.

“The most interesting feature is that it will feature a mezzanine or loft for students to use for reading, studying, or working on group projects with classmates,” Moore said. “While the building is only one story, the angled ceilings design is allowing the space to be built out as a mezzanine area.”

She said the library will expand current resources available to students.

“We’ve made considerable investments in the electronic resources. This has been done as a way to bridge the distance between our eight campuses and bring our students together,” Moore said. “Many of our students take online classes, so their needs for research and materials are different than a student who is on campus for several hours each day.

“Other students prefer to do the majority of their research at home or away from campus due to convenience, schedules and other obligations.”

Specialist for Public Relations External Affairs Rebecca Long said about 2,000 CTC students take classes online.

Also growing at the North Metro Campus is the new student affairs office, which began centralizing administration, registrar, financial aid and career services offices in the fall. The student Success Center also has seen increased interest from students as well as tutors.

“I mostly come here to study, do my homework and get tutored if I need to — mostly with having my essays reviewed,” freshman Ashley Garcia said of the Success Center. “The advantage is having an extra pair of eyes to spot any errors in my papers.”

For more information, visit www.chattahoocheetech.edu.