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September 12, 2005
Georgia’s Technical Colleges Extend Waiver of Out-of-State Fee for Students Displaced by Katrina
Gwinnett Technical College offers additional disaster assistance
The agency that oversees the state’s 34 technical colleges recently announced that Georgia’s offer to waive out-of-state fees for students affected by the Katrina hurricane disaster will be extended through winter quarter 2006.
The non-resident fee usually doubles the amount of tuition that a Georgian would pay at a state technical college.
Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) Commissioner Mike Vollmer also plans to review the waiver policy early next year to see if it will be prudent to continue the offer into spring quarter 2006.
“These are extraordinary times, and Georgia’s technical college system will respond in every way possible to the education needs of those devastated by Katrina,” said Vollmer.
While DTAE alters its state-wide policies in order to provide aid to the disaster, Gwinnett Technical College’s faculty and students have already begun their own grassroots effort to help those still living and working among the devastation, as well as those evacuees now living in the communities near the college.
“Like Georgians everywhere, and like people throughout our nation, our technical colleges are using their resources to aid and ease the pain of our Gulf Coast neighbors,” said Vollmer. Gwinnett Tech’s Student Leadership Council, for instance, is helping collect toiletries and non-perishable food items for the victims. The college is receiving donations at the Student Center, building 100, through October 6.
“We are helping many individuals and families who are connected in some way with our faculty and staff,” said Sharon Rigsby, president, Gwinnett Tech. “However, our main effort is with the Salvation Army in Lawrenceville. We are collecting donations of everything from clothes to can openers to food and taking down truckloads at a time. We have also signed up for shifts at the Lawrenceville Red Cross and are doing whatever they need us to do.”
Volunteers will be sorting and stacking food, filling food boxes, loading food into vehicles and/or enrolling hurricane evacuees into the Salvation Army’s computer system. “The students and faculty have been eager to do what we can to pitch in, and we feel it’s the least we can do to help the victims in this tragic situation,” Rigsby said.
In addition, at least one GTC faculty member, Steve Moyers, program director, emergency services education, offered hands-on medical assistance to the hurricane survivors. While attending a conference in San Antonio, Moyers worked with other RNs, RTs [respiratory technicians], and MDs to triage, treat and transport patients out of the area as necessary. “It was nice to know Gwinnett Tech had a small impact,” Moyers said.
Displaced persons needing more information about enrolling in Georgia’s technical college system can call DTAE at 404-679-1600.
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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or callÂ 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.Â In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visitÂ www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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