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March 24, 2009
Gwinnett Tech Student Leadership Council Raises $10,000 for New Life Sciences Building
Student-led auction raises more than $15,000 for Gwinnett Tech Foundation & other charities
Gwinnett Technical College's Student Leadership Council has donated a check for nearly $10,000 to the Gwinnett Tech Foundation for the college's new Life Sciences Building. The check was presented to the Foundation at Gwinnett Tech's March staff and faculty meeting.
The money was raised through a holiday auction, organized by the Student Leadership Council and supported by other campus organizations and instructional programs. The local community, as well as staff and students from Gwinnett Tech, participated in the event, which raised just over $15,000.
"We felt the auction was a good way to unite the different clubs and organizations on campus," explains Jill Puckett, then Student Leadership Council president and an Interiors student. "The other organizations were able to come up with their own ideas and items for auction, and the proceeds could either be donated to charity or used for their own organization."
Gwinnett Tech will be breaking ground on the long-awaited new Life Sciences Building this fall, expanding classroom and lab space as well as enrollment in the college's in-demand health science programs. The facility is expected to open in 2011, supporting Gwinnett's growing life science and biotechnology sector. About 45 percent of Gwinnett Tech applicants apply to health science programs.
"We couldn't be prouder of our students' efforts to support this vital project. The new Life Sciences Building will positively impact not only Gwinnett Tech, but also our entire community in terms of educational opportunities, economic development and job growth. Our student population will have the satisfaction of knowing they helped make this happen," says Mary Beth Byerly, executive director, Gwinnett Tech Foundation.
The remaining $5,000 raised at the auction went to a number of student organizations and local charities including the United Way, American Cancer Society, National Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Lawrenceville Co-op.
The Student Leadership Council plans activities for the students that promote the college and serve the community.
"We've done projects with the Partnership Against Domestic Violence where we cleaned and decorated the first floor of the women's living space, played with the children at the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center, and helped clean at the Gwinnett County Foster Children's Foundation," says Puckett.
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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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