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.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options which can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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