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June 22, 2010

Gwinnett Tech Confers the Highest Number of Graduation Awards in Georgia's Technical College System
GTC also awards the highest number of associate degrees


Gwinnett Technical College's 2010 graduates – more than 1,350 students in all – were honored at the college's June commencement ceremony, urged by teachers and mentors to gain confidence from their proven strengths and abilities.

Gwinnett Tech conferred a total of 2,541 graduation awards so far this year, the most in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). GTC also awarded the highest number of associate degrees in the TCSG with 456.  The 2010 graduation ceremony was held at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Augusta Technical College President Terry Elam gave the keynote speech at commencement while Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels also spoke to the graduating class of 2010, offering students words of encouragement about their post-graduation plans.

"You all have already made a positive and substantial change by choosing to come to Gwinnett Tech for an education that provides practical, relevant knowledge. You must continue to believe in your own individual abilities and strengths. In addition, you must continue to have faith in the knowledge your instructors gave you, in your fellow students, in the power of Gwinnett County to attract new businesses, and finally in the ability of our state and nation to gain economic health," advised Bartels.

This marks the third consecutive year that Gwinnett Tech has conferred the state's largest number of graduate awards, reflecting both the college's strong growth trend and the commitment to student retention and success championed by college administrators and instructors. GTC has recorded double-digit enrollment growth for 13 consecutive quarters, with enrollment for Spring Quarter 2010 up more than 20 percent as compared to the prior year.

GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that you can finish in two years or less.  For more information on all programs, visit 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

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