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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Landscaping Makeover at Southern Crescent Technical College Butts County Campus

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IMG_6510IMG_6651IMG_6625A wonderful group of volunteers recently refreshed the Butts County Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College. A citizens advisory group raised funds to purchase new landscaping for the building located on Hwy 16 W and hard working volunteers installed the plants this week. Drop by the campus and see the new look! Photography Credits - Haley Browning


Letter from Mayor Kay Pippin thanking all involved on this successful project  

Just in case you need one more reason to love this community, here it is. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 -24, 2019, more than 30 people gathered on the grounds of Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC)/Jackson Campus, cleared and prepared the grounds nearest the building, unloaded a truckload of shrubs, trees, grasses and another load of sod, and over three days, created a beautiful new landscape! Six thousand dollars in contributions, 750 hours of volunteer labor, 5 meetings, and a lot of team work later….our community now has a beautiful new entry to “our” college. Thanks to the generosity of Georgia Power, the Butts County Board of Commissioners, the City of Jackson City Council, Mike Collins & Collins Trucking, and Central Georgia EMC, funds were raised to purchase the materials needed for the project. Thanks to WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital and previously named sponsors, the volunteers enjoyed good food, fruit and water each day. Each day at least 7 students, enrolled in horticulture classes at Jackson High School, worked tirelessly to make this project become a reality. Every student exhibited an excellent work ethic throughout the three long, hot days. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the students and our conversations warmed my heart. I asked the students about their plans for the future. Without hesitation, each one had a life plan. Three were headed for 4-yr colleges to earn degrees in forestry, environmental engineering and airline piloting, others will become aviation mechanics, diesel mechanics, computer software developers, landscapers/ company owners, long distance truckers with dreams of owning a trucking company, and other honorable and needed trades, all of which are taught at SCTC. JHS and our other public schools are truly training our youth for the jobs of the future. Thank you JHS students, outstanding JHS Horticulture Instructor Brandy Austin, Dr. Sohmer McKibben and the Butts County School System for partnering with us! ITM Landscape employees under the direction of owner Carson Browning, carefully selected the plants for the site and got them to the site. With the gracious patience and kindness that defines him, Carson Browning directed the project and offered his young helpers valuable lessons in the art of professional landscaping. Counting all the behind the scenes work, Carson donated a week of his company’s time during peak season to assure this project was done right! Thank you Carson and ITM! Thank you to SCTC Horticulture Instructor Brian Morris who prepared the landscape plan, SCTC President Dr. Alveta Thomas and VP Dr. Mark Andrews for your support. Thank you to Haley Browning who is completing a degree in Horticulture, and other SCTC students who worked on the project. Over a decade ago, other volunteers worked hard to raise enough local dollars to entice the state to build a technical college center in our community. They succeeded and our hope then was that this college would grow into a campus with multi-buildings. That can still happen, but not without community activism. Spread the word about potential course offerings leading to degrees right here in our community, and encourage high school grads and any-age learners interested in job training that guarantees employment and a good salary, to contact SCTC about enrolling TODAY! Thank you Jackson and Butts County Community….you put a smile on my face every day!

Kay Pippin, Mayor City of Jackson

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