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August 23, 2007
Gwinnett Tech Confers Most Awards in State's Technical College System
Report names Gwinnett Tech as 2007 leader in student enrollment & graduate figures; GTC students have highest level of post-secondary training in state
The latest report from the Technical College System of Georgia puts Gwinnett Technical College at the top in several key categories - graduate awards, student enrollment and the level of post-secondary training among its students.
Gwinnett Technical College conferred the greatest number of graduate awards -- certificates, diplomas and associate degrees -- of any of the 34 technical colleges across the state of Georgia for the 2007 fiscal year.
The findings are part of the FY 2007 Graduate Report for the Technical College System of Georgia, which identified Gwinnett Tech as having conferred a total of 1,924 certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in the 2007 fiscal year.
In addition, Gwinnett Tech also ranked as number three in the state for credit enrollment, with a total of 7,102 students, a four percent increase from last year. The college serves an additional 13,000 each year through its adult education and continuing education programs.
"It's extremely gratifying to be at the forefront of state enrollment and graduate trends," said Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. "We put a very high priority on student success and retention. We certainly want students to enroll at Gwinnett Tech, but more importantly, we want them to graduate and take their skills into the workplace."
These findings were consistent with increasing trends across the state, according to the report, published by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), which administers the state's technical college program. There was a three percent statewide increase in unduplicated graduates with a total of 28,144, and awards conferred increased by 4.4 percent statewide with a total of 35,328.
The report also shows that Gwinnett Tech students have the highest level of post-secondary education in the state. Forty-five (45) percent of GTC students have one to three years of post-secondary education prior to enrolling, while seven percent have already earned a bachelor's degree.
"This is another key statistic for us and really reflects the changing face of technical education and Gwinnett Tech's role in the community as a partner for lifelong learning," explains Bartels.
"We serve adults of every age and stage. While many students enroll directly from high school, these statistics show the large number who choose Gwinnett Tech to further their existing education and advance their career, update their skills or launch a new career," she adds. "We work in very close partnership with area business and industry as county's leader in workforce development to provide employers the highly skilled employees they need."
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, offers more than 45 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs, and hundreds of seminars and workshops offering specialized training each semester. This past year, Gwinnett Tech has added several new offerings, including programs in public/private crisis management, simulation gaming, cyber crime, bioscience and web site design.
For a complete copy of the FY 2007 Graduate Report for the Technical College System of Georgia, contact DTAE Data Center at 404-679-5268.
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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 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.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.