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January 31, 2008
Legislators Enjoy Third Annual ‘Taste of the Technical Colleges’
The 33 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), including Gwinnett Technical College, put technical education's "wow" factor on center stage for more than 400 state legislators and other dignitaries during the third annual Taste of the Technical Colleges this week.
The event filled the historic Atlanta Freight Depot across from the State Capitol. TCSG officials, college presidents, faculty members, college staff and students were on hand to talk to their VIP guests about the new age of technical education in Georgia.
The lawmakers saw program demonstrations from each college, including courses in in-demand fields like healthcare, electronics, logistics, digital technology, and more. The best of technical education was on full display while the guests feasted on food prepared by the chefs and students from Gwinnett Tech and the 11 other colleges with culinary arts programs.
"Georgia's technical colleges are serving the needs of students, employers and our communities with great quality and educational innovation. This event enables us to show lawmakers and leaders the exceptional work that's being done on campuses throughout the state," says Sharon J. Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said the event showcases for legislators the kind of learning opportunities that are attracting more people to the state's technical colleges.
"Last year, our colleges educated more than 140,000 Georgia students and our enrollment is growing," said Jackson. "The technical colleges' exceptional level of training, and the in-demand, high-paying jobs that result, is a big reason why more students than ever are making a state technical college their first choice for a college education."
Gwinnett Tech is the state's third largest technical college in terms of credit enrollment, and is the state's largest technical college when credit enrollment, continuing education enrollment and adult education enrollment are combined.
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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 the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. 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.