Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Name for an Old School Just Say Coastal Georgia Community College

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Name for an Old School Just Say Coastal Georgia Community College

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BRUNSWICK -- Coastal Georgia Community College was officially

christened yesterday as the state's first "community" college.

The change from the name "Brunswick College" was one of a

wholesale renaming adopted by the state Board of Regents in July

that officials hope will make Georgia's colleges more appealing,

Chancellor Stephen R. Portch said yesterday.

"It's a symbol, as names always are, of something bigger,"

Portch said.

The "community" designation more clearly fits the college's

mission of changing its curriculum quickly to meet the

educational needs of its service area, Portch said.

The Coastal Georgia appellation, said college President Dorothy

L. Lord, more cleary defines that service area as extending

beyond Glynn County to Camden, Brantley, Wayne and McIntosh

counties.

"We expect enrollment to grow," Lord said. "People see it as

their college when there's a regional name."

State Rep. Charlie Smith, DSt. Marys, endorsed that assertion

as he spoke to a crowd of students and officials at yesterday's

ceremony.

"There's something about Brunswick that makes it seem farther

than it is," Smith said about the perceived distance between

there and Camden County (it's 35 miles from St. Marys, 23 from

Woodbine). "I'm going to feel more a part of Coastal Georgia

Community College."

The regents voted in July to designate all its four-year

schools universities with the exception of Clayton State

College, and to give most of the two-year colleges names that

better reflect their regional focus.

The regents did not change the name on a whim. An independent

panel from outside Georgia reviewed the mission of all Georgia's

colleges and universities before the regents adopted any new

names.

The two-year school is 35 years old and has 1,900 students

divided in half between vocational courses and general studies

that can be transferred to four-year universities. The

vocational studies include health and nursing, business and

industrial training, and general studies. General studies

include courses in the humanities, natural science, math,

physical education and social sciences. …

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