AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The doors at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School have been open since 2012, but Saturday the school was officially dedicated.
School board members, teachers, elected officials, parents and students held a ceremony in the auditorium.
Board Attorney Pete Fletcher said TCM was a project that began in the late 1990s, when officials started looking for an alternative to technical programs in high schools.
"It wasn't working everyone," Fletcher said. "It was the same choices in every school."
TCM now offers students the chance to dual enroll in college classes and pick from six career tracks.
11th grader Rudolph Brown said TCM is like home to him and it was a big deal watching officials dedicate the building.
"It really shows me that somebody cares," Brown said. "When you see them coming to your school and making a statement, it really makes a difference."
Fletcher said the budget for TCM came in around $17 million. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax ( SPLOST) paid for it. But he thinks the investment will help the Augusta Economy.
"We're training them to fill needs in the community once they graduate," Fletcher said.