Shawntel began her studies at Gwinnett Technical College with a singular goal in mind, to strengthen her business knowledge and start a small business. With her exposure to the faculty and staff at Gwinnett Technical College, Shawntel was immediately drawn to pursue higher education.
As a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Shawntel was recognized at Gwinnett Technical College’s 2016 Awards Ceremony receiving an “Award of Merit.” She studied hard, earning a place on the Fall 2016 and Spring 2016 Dean’s List while carrying 15 credits with a 4.0 GPA. In fact, Shawntel is a 2016 GOAL finalist, her hard work and dedication to her studies resulted in a nomination for GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership).
A full-time student, a full-time executive at one of the nation’s largest retailers and a full-time mother, Shawntel plans to graduate from the Business Management program during the Spring 2017 commencement ceremony. Her goal is to pursue an undergraduate degree and, then, a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration.
According to Shawntel “Gwinnett Tech provided the most up-to-date education and due to the quality of education I received, I was promoted quickly to an executive level. I learned I can ‘Be More, Do More and Have More’.”
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“[They] offered outstanding instructors who actually cared for and invested in their students,” Kathy said. “I was also impressed with the school’s excellent level of sensitivity toward adult education.”
As a student, Kathy served as the 2015 Student Leadership Council president and MU Class Ambassador, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and was a Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, Student Organization Leadership Award, Award of Merit, and Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally Scholarship recipient. She even sang the National Anthem for the 2015 Commencement.
Kathy now works for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, assisting clients with issues or questions they might have regarding getting or receiving food stamps or Medicaid.
“I’m a part of promoting and affirming strong and healthy families and communities for the state of Georgia,” she said.
According to Kathy, Dr. Mark Newton, now retired director of the HRTM program, instilled in her invaluable knowledge that she’s applied to both her current job and beyond.
“Gwinnett Tech helped me to become more employable and realize my potential,” Kathy said.