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November 16, 2007
Gwinnett Technical College Wins National Award for Grounds Management Excellence
Gwinnett Technical College has been awarded a 2007 Green Star Award for exception grounds maintenance by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). GTC earned an Honor Award in the competition and was recognized during the Society's 2007 School of Grounds Management held last month.
Since its opening in 1984, when Gwinnett Tech's 87-acre campus included just one building, there has been constant, continued growth and construction. Today, the on-campus construction continues and there are now eight buildings.
But as is often the case, the budget could not grow at the same pace as the college's landscaping, so Grounds Manager Gail Zorn has kept pace while often working with less. Despite a tight budget, Gwinnett Tech's grounds crew is rich in experience with each of its four full-time members degreed professionals with areas of specialty ranging from technology, irrigation, seasonal color, or equipment maintenance.
"This is a great honor to receive," said Zorn. "It not only recognizes the efforts put in by our staff, but also Gwinnett Technical College's commitment towards enriching the lives of its students and faculty through green spaces."
The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. This year's program acknowledged the nation's top manicured grounds in settings ranging from parks to apartment complexes to cemeteries. Overall, PGMS presented 19 Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 20 Honor Awards in 14 categories of competition.
Founded in 1911, PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. For further information contact PGMS at 410-223-2861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwinnett Tech's own horticulture division offers an associate of applied science degree and diploma in environmental horticulture, as well as certificates for garden center technicians, greenhouse technicians, landscape design technicians, landscape/greenhouse installation, and in site planning and analysis.
To learn more about Gwinnett Technical College, 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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