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September 28, 2009
It’s a Packed House at Gwinnett Tech!
GTC started fall classes today with a full house, welcoming 6,719 students – a record number – as fall quarter begins. Compared to the same quarter last year, enrollment is up 25 percent, with 1,331 additional students attending class.
Enrollment at GTC has been growing at a consistent and rapid rate for well over two years now, with 11 consecutive quarters of double digit enrollment growth.
"We expected our growth trend to continue, especially for fall quarter which is traditionally strong, and planned accordingly," explains Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. "However, this increase was beyond even our early expectations. We're gratified to be able to meet our community's need for accessible, affordable and relevant higher education at this expanded level."
The physical signs of growth are evident throughout campus, from construction on new parking areas and a campus circumference road to the upcoming ground breaking for the new Life Sciences Building later this quarter. Last Friday, GTC administrators and faculty welcomed the college's first class of associate degree nursing students for a day-long orientation.
College administrators report large increases in the number of students taking core college courses, such as English, math, science and humanities. Within specific programs, GTC reports significant increases in:
- Health Sciences68 percent increase
- Computer Simulation/
Game Developer55 percent increase
- Internet Specialist/Web Design50 percent increase
- Networking Specialist38 percent increase
- Early Childhood Education36 percent increase
- Environmental Horticulture28 percent increase
- Criminal Justice26 percent increase
- Computer Sciences25 percent increase
Technology25 percent increase
- Accounting24 percent increase
- Air Conditioning Technology22 percent increase
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed 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.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.