The University of North Georgia broke ground this week on a new campus facility in Blue Ridge.
Located off Ga. 515 about three miles from the current Blue Ridge campus, the new standalone campus is scheduled to open in 2020.
“This new, permanent campus in Blue Ridge will open doors to both a college education and better job prospects for generations to come in our north Georgia mountains,” said Georgia Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston, a UNG alumnus who represents Blue Ridge in Fannin County, in a press release. “UNG’s role to provide greater access to quality education will continue to expand, and I am proud to support that noble mission.”
Georgia lawmakers allocated $5.5 million for the new Blue Ridge campus in the current 2019 fiscal year budget.
The current Blue Ridge campus has experienced almost 800 percent growth since its opening in 2015, according to school officials, reaching 156 students this fall.
The new campus will offer additional courses in core curriculum, allowing students more time to continue their academic interests in Blue Ridge.
UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs said the Blue Ridge Scholars program encourages students to be enrolled full time.
“We’re all in on graduating students,” Jacobs said. “We are creating a workforce that appeals to businesses and supports economic growth in this community.”