Bibb County schools celebrated the opening of Hutchings College and Career Academy with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Hutchings was previously located on Riverside Drive before being moved to the old Ballard-Hudson School on Anthony Road.
Renovations at the school cost $7 million, which was paid for using E-SPLOST money and a $3.11 million grant from the state. The old Ballard-Hudson is now called the Robert J. Williams Complex, and shares the campus with Central Georgia Technical College.
The district feels Hutchings' new location and partnership with Central Georgia Tech will allow students to see more career opportunities, and allow them to earn college credit.
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle feels that schools like Hutchings allows students to get a head start on life after college.
"We've had individuals that have come from college and career academies and now they're doctors," Cagle said. "It's not, an end, but it's certainly a beginning. It allows people the ability to explore the various career pathways on the front end, determining what it is that they want to do long-term."
One student who is using that long-term view is Tamira John, who wants to work at Wells Fargo in the future. She's studying banking and finance at Hutchings. John says that the small class sizes help students prepare their interpersonal skills for their jobs later on.
"I think, more than anything, we'll learn how to bond, we'll learn teamwork and we will learn how to work with people in the work industry that we don't know or that we just met," John said.
Thursday's ceremony was one of several Bibb County Schools will host throughout the month of September for new schools and newly-named complexes.