DAWSONVILLE — Lanier Technical College broke ground on a major expansion Thursday that will more than double educational space at its Dawson County campus.
"We're very excited to be here. We think it's a wonderful opportunity for the community, the county and the city of Dawsonville," said Russell Vandiver, president of the college. "It's also a great opportunity for Lanier Technical College and our entire technical college system of Georgia."
Local officials began talking about the need for a technical college in the county more than a decade ago.
Roger Slaton said an invitation to sit on the Lanier Tech board was a good starting point in fulfilling the county's need to bring technical educational opportunities to the county.
"I believe it was in 2001 or 2002 when Dr. Mike Moye came to see me about serving on the board at Lanier Tech. I told him then the one thing that I would want would be a campus, a presence in Dawson County," Slaton said.