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May 21, 2004
Gwinnett Technical College Honored Best of the Best at Awards Ceremony
Gwinnett Technical College honored students for excellence in eight categories on Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Gwinnett Technical College’s Busbee Center.
More than 50 students received plaques or scholarships for their achievements in merit, scholarship, vocational and occupational skills, and overall leadership and teamwork at the annual event, themed Realizing Our Dreams, Achieving Our Goals, Awarding Our Successes. The culmination of the Awards Ceremony program was the naming of Gwinnett Tech’s 2004 Distinguished Student. “This award is presented to the one outstanding student that best represents the ideals of the college,” says Dave McCulloch, vice president for student services, Gwinnett Technical College.
Honored for her educational goals, community involvement and values, Jennifer Taylor was named the 2004 Distinguished Award recipient and received an award and check in the amount of $500. Taylor, enrolled in the marketing management program at Gwinnett Tech, was selected as this year’s recipient after a thorough screening and interviewing process. In addition to academic success, Taylor is also an involved school volunteer, serving as a student ambassador, on the student leadership council and as a member of Delta Epsilon Chi. She has also helped with student appreciation days and orientations, and with the international feast event at Gwinnett Tech. Taylor also serves the community by volunteering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and as a Girl Scout leader.
Marketing Management Program Director LaVerne Tilley nominated Taylor, she says, for her “enthusiastic energy and great leadership potential. She has done a great amount to improve the [marketing management] program” at Gwinnett Tech.
Another highlight of the Awards Ceremony was the keynote address given by Lisa Bailey, a recent graduate of Gwinnett Technical College’s Radiologic Technology program. Bailey outlined how she pursued her dream of going to college and becoming educated and trained to work in the medical field in a position that would allow her to take control of her future. “I chose Gwinnett Technical College as the launching pad for that dream,” Bailey says. She went on to become the 2002 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for Gwinnett Technical College. The award earned the Snellville resident and mother of two a $750 cash award from the Gwinnett Tech Foundation.
“We look forward to the Awards Program each year, because it lets us applaud all those students who have worked so hard to achieve so many wonderful accomplishments,” says Sharon J. Rigsby, president, Gwinnett Technical College. “This year we were pleased to distribute more than 75 awards recognizing student excellence.”
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. GTC is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and now serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097,404-679-4500, www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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