GWINNETT – Gwinnett Technical College was awarded the Ellucian Impact Award for Staff Empowerment at the 2023 Ellucian Live Conference in New Orleans, LA. The award recognized Gwinnett Tech for its work utilizing technology to retain and grow staff and enabling staff to be change agents for student success. Aside from the physical award received at the conference, winning means Gwinnett Tech will receive a $25,000 prize and be featured on Ellucian’s marketing material for the next year and on Ellucian’s social media pages and website. In addition, the College will use the prize money for the Student Affairs team’s training and professional development opportunities and celebrate their accomplishments and hard work.
Over the last 18 months, the Gwinnett Tech Student Affairs division experienced reorganization in numerous departments to streamline how it supports students throughout their journey from recruitment to graduation. In addition, Ellucian’s Campus Logic, financial aid software, was onboarded to simplify the student experience. The need for additional staff training and professional development came with the launch of various systems and initiatives to support student success. The staff has been challenged and expected to challenge the status quo and continue to think outside the box for opportunities to improve student success. As a result, staff retention in Student Affairs has improved, new admissions application volume has increased, financial aid processing time has decreased, and Gwinnett Tech has experienced back-to-back terms of enrollment growth.
“I am extremely proud and thankful for our Student Support Staff. They are dedicated to students and the challenge of finding new and innovative ways to harness technology while still providing the hands-on personal touch that separates GTC from other institutions. It is outstanding that Ellucian has chosen the College to receive this national award,” stated Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Tech.
Vice President of Student Affairs Kohle Paul stated, “working with Ellucian’s Campus Logic provided the resources for staff to enhance the student experience from applying through graduation. Student success is our highest priority, and this resource assisted us with efficiency so we could focus even more time on the students.”
The Ellucian Impact Award celebrates the higher education visionaries inspiring others to push the boundaries of technology and innovation. The annual award recognizes institutions using technology to solve challenges, operate more efficiently, and offer a better student experience.
For more information, visit GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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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 its community. The College offers more than 140 associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops, and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County’s largest corporate training provider and serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. 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 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 GwinnettTech.edu. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.