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June 23, 2009
GTC Confers Highest Number of Graduation Awards
Graduates urged to be life-long learners
Gwinnett Tech's 2009 graduates -- more than 1,245 in all -- celebrated their accomplishments in a new venue this year. Ceremonies were held in the Gwinnett Arena, rather than in the neighboring convention center, to accommodate the ever-growing number of graduates for GTC.
Gwinnett Tech conferred more than 2,570 graduate awards earlier this month, the most of any technical college in the state system.
Both the number of graduates and awards conferred reflect the booming growth at Gwinnett Tech, where enrollment percentage increases have been in double-digits for the last nine consecutive quarters. Current enrollment is over 7,700.
Graduation speaker Wendell Dallas, vice president and general manager of Atlanta Gas Light and a GTC Board member, told students, "While most people view leadership as the ability to influence others, I also view it as an individual's ability to effectively lead their own steps."
"True leaders aren't defined by title, they are defined by their actions and the values which drive those actions," added Dallas. He urged graduates to understand who they really are, to be life-long learns and to seek honest feedback from others.
Dallas also offered words of encouragement to those concerned about today's economic challenges. "I'm confident of your future success because I know who sits before us this evening -- graduates who have demonstrated strength of character, perseverance, hard work, the ability to juggle all parts of their daily and family lives, often under trying circumstances, and have done so with great dedication, determination and hope. You are leaders to the core."
In recent months, state leaders have focused much attention on the opportunities provided by the technical college system to provide career training and education -- and re-training -- for those seeking new opportunities. Gwinnett Tech offers programs in healthcare, computers and IT, business and finance, and a host of other in-demand fields. Students are eligible for the Hope Scholarship or Grant, as well as range of other financial aid options. Affordable tuition, flexible class schedules, and the ability to gain real-world experience while still in school are all hallmarks of technical education.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options 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, 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.
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