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Georgia Highlands College | 50 years


The Timeline of GHC

Georgia Highlands College is a multi-campus, state college member of the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1970 as Floyd Junior College, it now serves more than 6,000 students in Northwest Georgia across five locations in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas, and Douglasville. GHC offers a number of areas of study with associate degree and bachelor’s degree options both in the classroom and online.

Please take a moment to enjoy this visual representation of the history of the college through the decades:



New Program

Dental Hygiene

The college began offering an associate degree program in Dental Hygiene.


A Legacy

31 years of service

Dr. McCorkle retired on June 30, 1991, after 31 years of service.

Dr. McCorkle, President from 1970-1991



100% pass rate

The college announces that 100% of the 1991 graduates of the ASN program passed their licensure exam on their first attempt.

Nursing Students with Bela Nora


Acting President

Dr. Trimble appointed

Dr. Richard Trimble was appointed acting president of Floyd College.

Dr. Richard Trimble


New Leadership

Dr. Cundiff selected

Dr. H. Lynn Cundiff was selected to serve as the college’s second president in November. A formal inauguration was held for Dr. Cundiff in May.

Dr. H. Lynn Cundiff


High Tech

Computers were installed on every faculty desk and email service became available throughout the campus.


Training Center

RESA Building

The 12,000-square-foot Northwest Georgia Regional Education Services Agency, or RESA, Building was dedicated in April by Governor Zell Miller on the Floyd campus. The building housed technology training centers, computer labs, and model classroom for training teachers in classroom technology use.

Construction of RESA Building


New Acquisition

Heritage Hall

The college acquired the former East Rome Junior High facility in downtown Rome, now called Heritage Hall, and began offering classes there for the winter quarter.

Heritage Hall


A Quarter Century

Floyd College turns 25

Floyd College celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with a year of activities including a cookout with fireworks, races and tournaments, and a founder’s day celebration.

Floyd College Logo



Honoring Dean Walraven

The Academic Building, also known as the B Building, was renamed the Wesley C. Walraven, Sr. Math and Science Building for the college’s first Dean of Students.

Dean Wesley C. Walraven, Sr.


New Site


A new Floyd College site was opened on Gilmer Street in Cartersville with classrooms, labs, offices, and a bookstore.

Gilmer Street Location



Floyd College in Haralson

FC began offering classes in Haralson County, first at Bremen’s City Hall and then at the former Waco Elementary School facility and received reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS.


The Instructional Technology Project

Laptops for all

The Board of Regents approved the Instructional Technology Project (ITP) and FJC became the only two-year college in the United States to pilot such a project. Through the ITP, every student enrolled in the fall 1997 quarter was provided a laptop computer and given access to computer programs, internet, email, and library collections throughout the state. During the winter quarter, the students began leasing laptops.

Student on Laptop


Online Options

In the summer quarter, the college began offering online classes.


No More Quarters

FC enacts semester system

Floyd College began the academic year on the semester system.


Charger Cards

One card to rule them all

The Charger Card debuted in the fall semester, allowing students to use a single as card as their college ID, their library card, to make bookstore purchase, use the copy machines, and more.


Excellence in Teaching

A.S.N. program wins award

In the spring, the A.S.N. program was awarded the Regents Teaching Excellence Award.


Building Forward

Lakeview Building Opens

The Lakeview Building opened on the Floyd campus, featuring classrooms, an art gallery, and auditorium/exhibit hall with stadium seating.

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