Lanier Technical College
2017 - 2018
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History
During the late 1950s, the Georgia State Department of Education began the construction of area technical schools. Several research projects and studies within the state had shown the great need for these schools. Industry was moving into the state while agricultural jobs were decreasing at an accelerated rate. Georgia was rapidly changing from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy. This necessitated a rapid transition from the previous general education to the training of technicians, craftsmen, skilled and semi-skilled workers. Georgia now has twenty-three technical colleges, located strategically throughout the state.

In 1964 planning began for the funding and construction of the Gainesville-Hall County Area Vocational Trade School. The school would be under the governance of the Hall County Area Board of Education. The Georgia State Board of Education adopted the charter of the institution in December 1964 and became a partner in the governance of the new vocational school which was renamed ten months later as Lanier Area Vocational-Technical School.

Lanier Technical College began its first classes in the Fall of 1966. The first classes were conducted in local schools, churches, and civic buildings. In January 1967 the classes were moved into a new administrative and classroom building. During the mid-1970s, Lanier Technical College's facilities were expanded to include a modern industrial training facility with classroom, shop, and administrative space. Six additional buildings were constructed on the Oakwood campus over the next three decades adding classrooms, laboratories and office space needed as the enrollment grew and new programs were added. The College expanded into Forsyth County in 1997. Two buildings were constructed on this new site providing instructional and administrative spaces. In partnership with the Forsyth County government, a third building was completed in 2010 housing additional instructional space as well as a conference center. Three other College expansions occurred. First, in 2002 the College's service delivery area expanded to include Barrow County. A location openedin the City of Winder with the assistance of the City of Winder, Barrow County government, Barrow County Board of Education and Barrow County Industrial Authority. Enrollment expanded beyond the capacity of this building so a new facility was opened in January 2015. Second, in 2003, a site was opened in Commerce in an existing storefront with the help of the Jackson County government. Finally, in 2005 a facility was opened in Dawsonville through a partnership with the Dawson County School System and Dawson County Economic Development Authority. The College soon outgrew the facility and so the building was razed and replaced with a new facility in 2012.

Lanier Technical College provides Adult Education classes in a seven county area. Many classes are taught on our Forsyth and Jackson campuses; however, GED and ESL classes are also held in specialized facilities in Banks, Barrow, Hall, and Lumpkin Counties. In 2003, we opened a new facility in Lumpkin County. In 2007 an additional Adult Education Center opened in Banks County, and in 2008 another Center opened in Dawson County. In 2014, the Hall County facility divided to house ESL instruction at the Stallworth Street location in Gainesville and GED instruction at Wood's Mill Adult Education Center in Gainesville. When the College opened the new Barrow Campus in 2015, the old facility converted to the Winder-Barrow Adult Education Center.

In 2006 The Governor's Center for Innovation in Manufacturing Excellence opened at the college's Oakwood campus. This center provides research, training, and support services in advanced manufacturing techniques. Also, in 2006 The Manufacturing Development Center opened in the Featherbone Communiversity campus in Gainesville. The Manufacturing Development Center is attached operationally to the Center of Innovation and is an incubator devoted to assisting and renting space to small start-up companies specializing in manufacturing.

In 2006 the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center opened at the college's Oakwood campus in Building 500. This center provides research, training, and support services in advanced manufacturing techniques. Also, in 2006 The Manufacturing Development Center opened in the Featherbone Communiversity in Gainesville. The Manufacturing Development Center is attached operationally to the Technology Center and is an incubator devoted to assisting and renting space to small start-up companies specializing in manufacturing.
     
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