July 11, 2012
A new study by the University of Georgia Terry College of Business shows Bainbridge College contributes $77 million to the Southwest Georgia Economy.
"We're vital to the region," said Michael Kirkland, the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. "The economic impact is just one of those ways. It's cultural, educational, and it's about changing lives."
The study looked at Fiscal Year 2011, which ran from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. It found the college's economic impact included providing 1,014 jobs.
"For every employee that we have here, two more jobs are created out in the community as a result of that because of the needs of these employees," said Dale Fuller, the executive director of Institutional Advancement. "It's the trickle down effect."
There are 205 jobs offered to students on campus.
"It works out perfectly," said Takena Drisdom, who not only attends Bainbridge College, but also works in the campus bookstore. "I can go to work and then I can take my hour lunch break and attend a class. So I can get my education, as well as provide for my family."
Alyson Elam is also a student who works as a tutor on campus.
"I've tried to find jobs off campus and I know it's definitely a lot harder and the transportation issue is another thing," said Elam. "It's much easier to just get out of class and walk to work."
More than 800 other jobs exist at BC because of institution-related spending, such as new construction.
"It's great to be able to have that sort of effect on our economy when everyone is struggling," said Fuller.