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August 13, 2007
Gwinnett Tech Photography Students Finish Tops in National Competition
Students from Gwinnett Tech's commercial photography program have won top honors in the national SkillsUSA competition in back-to-back years, finishing among the top ten in this summer's competition.
Student Jennifer Kolb placed ninth in the photography category at the National SkillsUSA competition held recently in Kansas City. Last year, Jacqueline Hawthorne received the gold medal in the same category at the national competition.
"The Skills USA Competition was a wonderful learning experience and gave me motivation to strive for even greater excellence," Kolb said. "I felt very honored to have attended the Skills USA Competition through Gwinnett Tech."
"I moved to Atlanta from Florida and looked at many different photography schools and finally found Gwinnett Tech," Kolb said. "I feel that I am so fortunate to have found this college. I have learned so much in the two years that I have been here and can take this knowledge with me for my future. My instructors have willingly given everything that they have to really make me successful."
To advance to the national competition, Kolb first had to go through local and state-wide competitions, which she won earlier this year. She competed against other state winners from across the nation who were judged on their knowledge and competence in their respective field.
This year, more than 5,000 students participated in the National SkillsUSA hands-on competition in 87 occupational and leadership skill areas.
Gwinnett Tech offers associate degree and diploma programs in commercial photography that prepare students for careers in portrait and wedding photography; architectural, fashion, commercial and magazine photography; and print finishing and photographic laboratory work. These programs can be completed in about eight quarters at Gwinnett Tech.
For those interested in a career as a photographic technician, digital imaging artist, presentation specialist, multimedia production artist or interactive multimedia designer, Gwinnett Tech also offers a certificate in digital imaging and new media design that can be completed in just one or two quarters.
For more information on Gwinnett Tech's participation in the SkillsUSA competition or about the 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 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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