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Lanier Tech moves to temporary campus
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For more information about Lanier Technical College's Dawson County campus, call (706) 216-5461.

Students returning Tuesday for summer quarter at the local campus of Lanier Technical College began attending classes at a new, temporary location.

With the exception of automotive technology courses, all Lanier Tech Dawson classes for the next year or so will shift to the former Crossroads Alternative School building.

Lanier Tech will use the facility at 516 Allen St. until the college's new campus is built on property next to Dawson County Middle School.

The automotive classes will be held in the evenings at Dawson County High School's automotive lab.

"We're so fortunate to have the space to lease from the school board, and we're grateful to have the opportunity to lease the space during our construction," said Tim McDonald, dean of the local Lanier Tech campus.

McDonald anticipates holding classes at the temporary location for about a year.

He said the move will not affect Lanier Tech's adult education classes, which are held at the Dawson County Adult Learning Center on Hwy. 9.

It also will not affect dual enrollment students from the local high school.

"We built our summer schedule based on being at our new, temporary location," McDonald said.

About 150 students attend the Dawson campus, whose fields of study include business administration, certified nursing assistant, residential plumbing, electrical construction, automotive technology and welding.

Along with the local site, which opened in October 2005, Lanier Tech has campuses in Forsyth County, Oakwood, north Fulton and Jackson County, as well as a Winder-Barrow facility.

McDonald said a ceremony to break ground on the new permanent facility in Dawsonville could come as early as August.