Visual Arts students in Decatur were able to attend their first day of class at the new Alabama Center for the Arts on Monday.
More than 500 students from Calhoun Community College and Athens State University are enrolled at the 45,000 square foot facility.
The Center is a group effort between the two schools, as well as the City of Decatur and Morgan County.
The $8.5 million building features electronic classrooms and state of the art labs.
Calhoun Community College President Dr. Marilyn Beck says, "We think that we will have students that are coming from outside our region to study art here because of the quality of our faculty and the quality of our facilities."
Although the classrooms are ready, workers will spend the next week moving in office furniture.
The community will be able to tour the building at the grand opening on October 19th and 20th.