Motlow State Community College Breaks Ground on New 80,000' Building
On Friday, March 23rd, Motlow State broke ground for its third building on the Smyrna Campus. This project, which is scheduled to be completed by July of 2019, will provide Motlow’s Smyrna campus with new classrooms, offices and more to improve the educational experience.
The third building will include a new library, student lounge, bookstore and administrative offices. When it is completed, the current bookstore will become the all-new Media Center. The Tutoring Center will move from the Student Success Center in the Mary Lou Apple Building to a renovated space within the Arthur L. Walker Jr. Building as well.
The brand-new classrooms will provide more space for the expected record increases in student population. According to the enrollment fact book provided by Motlow, student enrollment in the 2016 fall semester was 5,144 throughout all the campuses, a growth rate of 11.1 percent from the previous year. The Smyrna campus accounted for nearly half of that population and growth.
Because of this population increase, educators are struggling to find appropriate rooms for their classes. For example, Professor John Hart teaches multiple literature classes in computer labs.
"As much as we love the second building, we have outgrown it,” Hart said, sharing what the new building will mean to him and his students. “We look forward to having more classes, offices and places for students to study and socialize.”