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August 14, 2008
Gwinnett Tech Announces Quick Start Training Initiative with Suniva
Solar Technology Firm Will Add 100 Jobs in Norcross
Gwinnett Technical College and Suniva, Inc., a solar energy technology leader, have entered into an agreement that will provide training for Suniva employees through the college's Quick Start division. The training is based on Suniva's goal to provide 100 jobs at its new manufacturing facility in Norcross.
"We are pleased to be working with Suniva to bring additional jobs to Gwinnett County and look forward to an ongoing relationship that supports their business growth and further economic development in our community," says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Technical College.
The agreement was signed today by leaders of the three training partners: Suniva, Inc., Gwinnett Technical College and Quick Start.
Based in Georgia, Suniva develops, manufactures and markets high-value crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells for clean, earth-friendly power generation. Suniva's new facility in Norcross is designed to redefine the manufacturing process for high-efficiency solar cells in order to bring down the cost of photovoltaics, with an initial capacity of 32 megawatts (MW) on its first line. The company is already planning additional lines and expects to scale to more than 130 MW over the next two years.
Administered through the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Quick Start provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 600,000 employees through 5,100 projects with a broad range of industries.
"Quick Start is proud to be a part of the growth and success of Suniva, a Georgia-born company at the leading edge of the solar energy industry," said Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs for the TCSG.
The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a project study that was conducted at Suniva in Norcross. The training program involves three distinct partners: Suniva, Gwinnett Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Gwinnett Technical College will be available to assist Suniva with ongoing training programs.
For information regarding employment, please visit www.suniva.com.
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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 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.
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