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August 07, 2006
Motivating Instructors Make the Grade with Students
Gwinnett Tech Grad Credits Instructor for Success in Fashion Marketing Field
On the brink of a new school session, students begin to consider the teachers they may have during the upcoming year and remember the ones that have made an impact in their lives.
For Raquel Smith, one stellar teacher meant the difference between a stand-out and a stall-out career.
With credit to an impactful teacher and advisor, Smith is fulfilling a dream come true, working in the fashion capitol of the world for a leading designer, and serving as stylist to A-list celebrities and movie stars on location during shoots for movies, commercials and videos.
At 24, Smith knew she wanted a career in fashion, but wasn"t sure how to make that happen. After touring Gwinnett Technical College and speaking to an advisor, the college"s fashion and marketing program seemed like a good fit with her goals.
But Smith cites the encouragement she received from her instructors as one of her main means to her current success. In particular, Smith credits LaVerne Tilley, program director for the marketing management program at Gwinnett Tech, as the inspiration behind Smith"s aspirations.
"[Instructor Tilley] just knows how to push you, especially when you"re a good student and want to achieve success in your field," Smith said. "She was so supportive, and gave me the energy and encouragement to believe in myself. What I learned from her, I put to use every day in my job. But not only did I go into my job knowing what I needed for my career; I also had a clear understanding of what the job would have in store for me." Having been in New York for several years now, Smith says she was prepared for the career she entered. "I knew it would be a lot of work, but I love what I do."
For more information on Gwinnett Tech's marketing program - or about any of the other many programs offered by Gwinnett Tech, one of the state's largest technical colleges, call 770-962-7580 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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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 the region it serves. 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 call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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