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August 14, 2006
Three Times the Charm for Family with Gwinnett Tech Ties
Grandmother's Legacy of Learning Extends to Son & Granddaughter at Same College
When the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center on Gwinnett Tech's campus opened its doors today to young learners, it wasn't just the state-of-the art learning opportunity four-year-old Madison Noble would be receiving that pleased her grandmother.
"We're tickled for [Madison] to be able to get to go to such an advanced Center for learning," Bonnie Noble said. The Center serves as a nurturing educational center for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, and also provides students studying early childhood education at the college a hands-on experience in a quality learning environment
But there's another reason Grandmom Bonnie, a current student in the Interiors program at Gwinnett Tech, is so thrilled. Grandmom and granddaughter sometimes get to share a ride from school together. "It's so funny to say - Grandmom's out of class now, and I'm here to pick you up," Bonnie said.
At age 58, Bonnie, who also attended Gwinnett Tech in the early '80s for job training, went back to college to try her hand at something new. For her it was "more than stepping out into the workforce; I'd already done that. I wanted to prove I could do something in a field I knew nothing about." Bonnie has another year in the program and may even look at other areas to continue her learning.
But for a third Noble, attending Gwinnett Tech wasn't about branching out into something new. It was about building on his existing career. As a 26-year-old sales associate, Todd Noble - Bonnie's son and Madison's dad - recognized that he "wanted something solid for the future" and that meant bolstering his marketing skills.
Ten years down the road, Todd still believes "marketing is key to what I do" in his role with one of the largest insurance brokers' agents in the state.
"I think it's a trip that my mom is in school with my daughter - in the same college where I went, too," Todd said.
"People ask me why I don't attend the technical colleges that are closer to me and I say - Where else would I go?" Bonnie said. "Gwinnett Tech cares; it gives you the confidence you need to go out and do what you want. And that's why three generations of my family have attended Gwinnett Tech."
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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 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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