Augusta Christian delays college plan



A two-year college that Au­gusta Christian Schools planned to open this fall has been postponed for one year.

Augusta Christian Head of Schools David Piccolo said other projects on the K-12 campus have taken priority, such as the school’s re-accreditation process, which occurs every five years, and the development of other academic programs.

“It’s just been a busy year, and we want to do it right,” Piccolo said.

He said school leadership will reassess the college in January and hope to launch it in fall 2015.

The Christian College of Au­gusta received certification from the Georgia Non-public Postsecondary Edu­cation Commission in April. Piccolo pitched the idea to the Augusta Christian board of directors when he became head of schools in 2010.

The college would be targeted at recent high school graduates who might not be prepared to attend a large university and adults who want to return to school in an intimate setting.

The college was planned to open offering only associate degrees in general studies and religious studies, but it was approved by the state to offer 10 two-year programs ranging from accounting to computer science.

School leaders plan to house the college on the second floor of the Furys Ferry Road building where the school holds pre-K and kindergarten classes.

Piccolo said the college garnered significant interest this year, but leadership decided it was better to wait until it could be launched properly.

“The fact was there was a lot going on at Augusta Chris­tian’s K3-12 campus that’s kind of come in to play that needs to be accomplished prior to moving on,” he said. “My main purpose is to make sure that school is running correctly … and I really have to assess that as a leader.”