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February 02, 2007
Legislators Enjoy a ‘Taste’ of the State’s Technical Colleges
Gwinnett Tech’s culinary program spotlighted at annual event
A crowd of legislators and state leaders filled the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta this week, as students from Gwinnett Technical College’s culinary program spotlighted their skills and samples as part of the Technical College System of Georgia’s second annual “Taste of the Technical Colleges.”
Each of the system’s 34 technical colleges, including Gwinnett Tech, was featured in the gala that showcases the very best in technical education programs for the members of the General Assembly. The event capped off a day that began with both the House and Senate passing resolutions declaring January 30 as “The Technical College System of Georgia Day” in the State of Georgia.
“We’re not your daddy’s old trade school anymore,” said interim DTAE Commissioner Ron Jackson. “This new age of technical education is here, and our legislators certainly saw that again tonight. We’re proud to show off the exceptional quality of a Georgia technical college education and that our colleges provide a tremendous rate of return on the state’s investment.”
Technical college presidents, staff, faculty and students greeted the legislators while exhibiting a variety of their college offerings, including degree, diploma and certificate programs in Georgia’s strategic industries like healthcare, aerospace, life sciences and agribusiness. The 11 technical colleges with culinary arts programs were front and center, as the colleges’ chefs and students created a lavish buffet for the evening’s guests.
“Gwinnett Tech is enriched by its superb culinary program,” said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Rigsby. “It is an asset to the college and to the students it trains for rewarding careers in the field, and also a benefit to the community through participation in public and private events like the Taste of the Technical Colleges. It’s just one example of the relevant, in-demand programs of study that we provide our students.”
Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree and a diploma program in culinary arts which prepares graduates for entry-level management positions as sous chefs and kitchen managers. The college also offers a certificate program in prep cook which provides basic training in culinary skills.
For more information about all of Gwinnett Tech’s programs of study, call 770.962.7580 or visit online at www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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About Gwinnett Tech
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.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.