“They’ve been doing two phases — first they were selecting paint colors and finishes for the corridors and common spaces and then our big project was a design plan for the new student center, which [the BCCCA] will start work on later in the fall,” Ginger Burton, interiors instructor at the Mountain View campus, said. “... [The student center] will be a place where students can congregate, work on projects and everything else you do in a student center.
“The students that are working on it are doing it on a volunteer basis, but they’re getting class credit for it. It’s kind of an advanced project, so they’re getting to pool the concepts they learned from introductory classes and apply them to the project. We’ve been learning how to draw and measure a space, drafting, floor plans, how to lay out furniture, how to select the proper furniture, [like] commercial or residential, color schemes and the materials ... so they’ve had to learn the specifics of how to make good selections.”
She said having her students work with the BCCCA not only expands upon what has been taught in the classroom, but also may aid in their careers after college.
“It’s a great opportunity. Not only are they practicing the concepts they have been learning in a real scenario, but also they’ve been able to network and meet other industry officials,” Burton said. We’ve been to showrooms where they have worked with the flooring company or furniture company, so they’re really expanding what they’ve learned in the classroom.”
Paul Sabin, CEO for the BCCCA, said he appreciates the help of CTC interiors students.
“They’ve been out here several times doing measurements and helping us with our color scheme and have been giving us suggestions on the best way to make the place feel warm, inviting, clean and professional and they’ve really provided some great insight,” Sabin said.
The academy, which will open its doors along with all Bartow County and Cartersville schools on Wednesday, Aug. 7, will offer the option of dual enrollment through a partnership with CTC and Georgia Highlands College, allowing students to acquire college credit on the site of the BCCCA. The academy also will offer the career pathways of Engineering and Technology; Marketing/Hospitality and Tourism; Health Science/Nursing; Marketing/Sports Entertainment; Public Safety/Law Enforcement; and Health Science/Physical Medicine.