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:
In fall 1970, Floyd Junior College opened in temporary offices in downtown Rome. The college’s 19 original faculty members taught 545 students.
David B. McCorkle was appointed as the first college president.
Students were welcomed back from winter break at the new 233-acre Floyd campus on U.S. Highway 27.
In the fall, the college’s new nursing program began with 100 students enrolled under Belen Nora's leadership.
The first issue of the Old Red Kimono was published in April and the first issue of the Six Mile Post appeared in May.
In June, Floyd Junior College held its first major graduation ceremony with 47 students receiving associates degrees.
Fall enrollment broke 1,000 students for the first time. The college began developing cooperative programs with Coosa Valley Technical Institute, now Georgia Northwestern Technical College. In December, the college received initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The college’s Department of Public Service expanded its continuing education offerings with conferences, institutes, workshops, seminars, and training programs that served students from 24 Georgia counties and 4 states.
A program in deaf education was implemented to offer education and training for paraprofessionals seeking careers in the nearby Georgia School for the Deaf.
In March, the Six Mile Post won its first awards from the Georgia Press Association.
The FJC Regional Police Academy was established in July.
A new library building was constructed and opened to students. The F-Wing was added to the Administration Building, which included classrooms, offices, and a solarium. A health sciences annex was added to the Academic Building.
In December, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed Floyd Junior College’s accreditation after the completion of the college’s first self-study.
The pavilion on Paris Lake opened in May after two years of planning, offering a dock for use by the local community.
At the spring graduation, a record breaking 143 students received associate degrees, a number that would not be reached again until 1991.
Floyd Junior College celebrated its tenth anniversary.
The 24,925-square-foot physical education and gymnasium complex was completed in the fall.
The Floyd Junior College Alumni Group was formed.
The Division of Social Science offered the first Washington-Williamsburg trip for students in June.
The college held its 10th annual Tower Hour, a fun spring celebration for students and faculty filled with activities, games, and food.
Popular student activities included participation in intramural sports, the College Bowl team, and student clubs, such as the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation club.
The college led its first weekend trip to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Rome City Commissioner proclaimed February 14th “Floyd Junior College Day” and the college celebrated paying its 20-year mortgage in full.
In the spring, construction began on an addition to the gymnasium that would include the exercise room.
FJC was reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Students.
After the Board of Regents announced that no units of the University System should use the words "junior" or "community" in their names, Floyd Junior College became Floyd College in July.
In the fall quarter, the Floyd College became the first unit of the University System of Georgia to institute a required computer literacy class.
The college began a partnership with the new North Metro Technical Institute, now Chattahoochee Technical College, in Acworth and began offering classes at the Etowah Education Foundation in Cartersville.
Construction began on a 1,300-square-foot addition to the Administration Building, now the Dr. David B. McCorkle Building.
The college began offering an associate degree program in Dental Hygiene.
Dr. McCorkle retired on June 30, 1991, after 31 years of service.
The college announces that 100% of the 1991 graduates of the ASN program passed their licensure exam on their first attempt.
Dr. Richard Trimble was appointed acting president of Floyd College.
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.
Computers were installed on every faculty desk and email service became available throughout the campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Floyd College site was opened on Gilmer Street in Cartersville with classrooms, labs, offices, and a bookstore.
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 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.
In the summer quarter, the college began offering online classes.
Floyd College began the academic year on the semester system.
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.
In the spring, the A.S.N. program was awarded the Regents Teaching Excellence Award.
The Lakeview Building opened on the Floyd campus, featuring classrooms, an art gallery, and auditorium/exhibit hall with stadium seating.
Dr. Cundiff left the college in August and Mr. Robert Watts served as interim college president until the Board of Regents named Dr. J. Randolph Pierce the third president of the college in June.
The college became one of the first five institutions in the USG eCore program.
The college broke ground on a new Cartersville campus on Route 20, just west of I-75 in July 2002. The first campus building was designed to include classrooms, laboratories, offices, and a large library.
The Accelerated Transfer Program for Floyd College students began at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.
A new 2+2 early childhood education program was established through a partnership with the University of West Georgia, allowing UWG students to take classes on the Floyd campus.
The dental hygiene program won a Teaching Excellence Award from the Board of Regents.
Dental hygiene and nursing students returned for the fall semester to newly renovated labs, as well as a new dental hygiene clinic, at the Heritage Hall site.
In the fall, the college changed its name from Floyd College to Georgia Highlands College to reflect the regional nature of its service area.
Fall semester classes began being offered in Marietta on the Southern Polytechnic State University Campus, now part of Kennesaw State University.
GHC dedicated the new Cartersville campus, which opened for classes in the fall.
The nursing program expanded from Heritage Hall to the Acworth site to accommodate more students, and the UWG early childhood education program began offering a master’s degree on the GHC Floyd campus. New healthcare degrees programs were offered in cooperation with Darton College.
Enrollment at the Cartersville campus continued to grow, surpassing that of the Floyd campus for the first time in the fall semester.
Students are able sign up for GHC Connect, a service that allows them to receive important weather and safety alerts automatically via text message.
The college opened its Paulding site in the fall in Dallas, offering a 2+2 program with Kennesaw State University. In Douglas County, the college taught classes in modular units at Chapel Hill High School.
A new 30,000-square-foot Douglasville site opened on Stewart Parkway for the fall semester.
In April 2011, GHC announced a competitive athletic program at the request of students.
In May, the Board of Regents approved the creation of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. With this, GHC became a state college.
Dr. Pierce retired in December 2011 and Mr. Robert Watts again served as interim president until Dr. Renva Watterson assumed that position in May.
The college won its first Brother 2 Brother Chapter of the Year Award.
SACS promoted GHC to a Level II institution, giving approval for baccalaureate degree offerings.
The Cartersville campus’s second building, a 55,000-square-foot student center, opened in the fall.
The men and women’s basketball teams had their first seasons.
The Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing bridge program enrolled its first students in the fall.
The college’s baseball and softball teams had their first seasons.
The Board of Regents approves a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree.
Dr. Donald J. Green was appointed college president and assumed his duties in September.
The men’s basketball team won the 2015 NJCAA Regional 17 Championship and advanced to the NJCAA National Championship Final Four.
In May, 21 students became the college’s first baccalaureate graduates when they received their B.S.N. degrees.
The Board of Regents approved the creation of a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Healthcare Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
GHC takes top honors at the Chancellor’s Annual Service Excellence Awards.
GHC sees fifth consecutive enrollment increase. Enrollment tops 6,000 students.
GHC held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new academic building at the Cartersville site. The event recognized the start of construction on the $17.7 million project. The 52,000-square foot building opened in Fall 2018. It was designed by the Stanley Beaman & Sears architecture firm and finished construction in June.
GHC saves students nearly $4 million by eliminating textbook costs, and continues to save students on average $2 million a year.
GHC added to ‘30 Most Affordable Nursing Degree Programs’ in the country list.
GHC constructs mobile augmented reality sandbox for elementary school and a larger stationary unit for the college.
GHC’s food pantry earns state award at the 25th Annual Georgia College Counseling Association Conference.
GHC granted funding for renovations at Paulding site to expand degree and program offerings.
More than 300 people attend GHC’s Ribbon Cutting and Open House for new academic building in Cartersville.
GHC listed for best online two-year degree in Georgia.
GHC’s economic impact approaches $180 million.
GHC continues to hold second highest enrollment among state colleges in Georgia.
Celebrating fifty golden years at Georgia Highlands College.