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June 10, 2011
Gwinnett Tech Celebrates First Class of Nursing Graduates
Thirty-One Students Comprise Inaugural Class of Associate Degree Nursing Program; Class Size Will Double with Fall Opening of New Life Sciences Center
Thirty-one associate degree nursing students crossed the stage in a pinning ceremony this week, representing Gwinnett Technical College's first class of RN graduates. The students were honored in a campus ceremony on Wed., June 8, and then joined more than 930 other GTC graduates for commencement on Thur., June 9, at the Gwinnett Arena.
This inaugural class of nursing graduates began their studies in September 2009. GTC has the county's only RN program.
"Our faculty is honored and humbled to have been part of the educational process of these 31 students who exemplify the characteristics of the registered professional nurse," says Kim Hudson-Gallogly, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, nursing program director at GTC.
These graduates will have to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses in order to work as an RN, however, about 40 percent of the class already have job offers.
Healthcare providers such as Eastside Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Center and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta played a key role by serving as clinical sites for Gwinnett Tech nursing students.
With the opening of Gwinnett Tech's new Life Sciences Center this fall, GTC will be able to double the size of its nursing class to 60. In addition to the nursing program, the college offers more than a dozen other degree, diploma and certificate options in healthcare, life science and bioscience careers. Currently, more than 40 percent of GTC students are enrolled in a health science program.
Overall, Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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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 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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