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January 29, 2008

‘Law & Order' is Popular Choice for Gwinnett Tech Students
Gwinnett Tech Criminal Justice Program Enrollment Up 54 Percent; Overall Winter Enrollment Increases 16 Percent


Gwinnett County is not lacking for those who dream of serving the public in law enforcement – at least not by one measurement. Enrollment in Gwinnett Technical College's criminal justice program is up 54 percent for winter quarter 2008, as compared to the same period a year ago.

The spike in criminal justice students is part of a strong growth trend at Gwinnett Tech, where winter quarter enrollment is up more than 15 percent over last year. Total credit enrollment at the college is now 4,708 students.

"We're proud to deliver such an important program to our community. Our instructors work closely with county law enforcement and public safety officials, as well as those at the municipal level, to ensure that our program trains the caliber of graduates that they are eager to hire," says Sharon J. Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech.

Gwinnett Tech offers an associate in applied science degree in Criminal Justice Technology which includes coursework in criminal procedures, criminal and constitutional law, juvenile justice, corrections and ethics in criminal justice. Students also study humanities and behavioral sciences, as well as relevant computer applications. The program also includes a practicum and internship, and takes about five quarters to complete. GTC also offers a diploma in criminal justice that can be completed in four quarters.

In other areas of public safety and service, Gwinnett Tech offers associate's degrees in paramedic technology and fire science. Gwinnett Tech's EMT program is the state's only nationally accredited program.

Gwinnett Tech saw significant growth in several other programs this quarter, including:

• Commercial Photography Up 44 percent
• Computer Programming Up 51 percent
• Early Childhood Education Up 43 percent
• Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Up 31 percent
• Computer Networking Specialist Up 27 percent
• Commercial Construction Up 21 percent
• Business Management Up 19 percent
• Accounting Up 8 percent

Gwinnett Tech is the state's third largest technical college in terms of credit enrollment, and is the state's largest technical college when credit enrollment, continuing education enrollment and adult education enrollment are combined.

For more information about enrollment at Gwinnett Tech or about any of the college's more than 45 program options, call 770-962-7580.

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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 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

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