AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - Augusta Technical College will receive $1 million for the development of a new automotive service educational center in the Laney Walker neighborhood, thanks to Augusta National Golf Club. Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament made the announcement Wednesday as part of a press conference ahead of the Masters Tournament, set to begin on Thursday.

“The launch of this training program will prepare a quality workforce for readily available jobs here in Augusta,” said Ridley. “This contribution reflects our commitment to promoting opportunities for residents and families in the Laney Walker community and across the City of Augusta. I commend Augusta Technical College and President Dr. Jermaine Whirl for identifying the need for this exciting program that will have a meaningful impact on economic and workforce development in the area.”

The new facility will quadruple Augusta Technical College’s current training footprint to meet the rising demand for automotive technicians and professionals in the area. Once operational, the center will offer 16 certification programs to approximately 1,270 students annually as the region’s leading automotive training center. Augusta National’s donation will allow the center to open later this year.

As for the College, President Dr. Jermaine Whirl said, "The Augusta Technical College family is honored and humbled that Augusta National Golf Club has made this significant investment in improving the lives of the students we serve, while helping us transform the workforce learning environment for years to come. We thank Chairman Fred Ridley and everyone at Augusta National not only for their investment in Augusta Technical College, but their many investments throughout the region."

Augusta Technical College will be issuing a separate statement regarding a gift from the Jim Hudson Automotive Group, also in support of the new facility.

In 2020, Ridley announced a $10 million dollar donation to the HUB for community enhancement. This was set to better serve the Harrisburg and Laney Walker neighborhoods. Which is expected to open later this spring. Ridley says, Augusta National's contributions to the Augusta area will continue.

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