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June 19, 2009
Gwinnett Tech Launches Office of Veterans Affairs
Program aids veterans with educational benefits and college advisement
Gwinnett Technical College has established a dedicated Office of Veterans Affairs to provide comprehensive advisement to veterans, servicemen and women, and dependants using veterans benefits to pursue a college education.
Gwinnett Tech is the first technical college in the state to launch a formalized outreach to veterans.
The Office of Veterans Affairs is designed to assist U.S. military veterans, guardsmen, reservists, spouses and dependents with claiming GI Bill education benefits, applying for college and financial aid, choosing a degree program, and securing a subsequent career.
This specialized programming for veterans is supported by a donation from the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. family. The Hudgens family has also established the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Veterans Scholarship Fund at Gwinnett Tech to provide tuition scholarships to eligible and deserving veterans.
Gwinnett Tech's Veterans Affairs advisor, Lorri Chin-Shue, will provide the veterans, dependents and spouses her expertise and a shared military perspective. Chin-Shue is the daughter of a military veteran, and has navigated the procedures service members and their families face. Chin-Shue has been with Gwinnett Tech for eight years, and is a recent recipient of the Governor's Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton.
"I am very honored to have been chosen to establish and lead our Veterans Affairs team," says Chin-Shue. "This will be a wonderful resource for veterans, reservists and their families ready to start their college education who need support in maximizing the benefits they've earned through their service."
For more information on the Office of Veterans Affairs, the Hudgens Veterans Scholarship Fund, and additional educational resources for veterans, call 678-226-6343 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/veterans.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate programs that can be finished in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. 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 callÂ 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.Â In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visitÂ www.GwinnettTech.edu.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.