Governor Deal Leads Groundbreaking Celebration in North Fulton for Gwinnett Technical College’s New Campus
March 09, 2015
Governor Deal Leads Groundbreaking Celebration in North Fulton
for Gwinnett Technical College’s New Campus
Governor Nathan Deal, Commissioner Gretchen Corbin of the Technical College System of Georgia and Dr. Glen Cannon, president of Gwinnett Technical College, commemorated the groundbreaking of GTC’s new campus in North Fulton last week, joined by hundreds of community, business and educational leaders, plus college board members, faculty, staff and students.
The new campus is under construction at Georgia 400 and Old Milton Parkway. Classes will begin there in January 2016.
“Today is a part of a continuing epic story of higher education in Georgia. It is one that all of us should be very proud,” said Gov. Deal.
“This campus will add to a vibrant workforce that serves more than 900 technology firms that call this community home, the hospitals and medical centers that care for the region’s residents, and the primary schools that teach our children. These are the venues in which these graduates will find opportunity,” added Gov. Deal.
Gwinnett Tech President Dr. Glen Cannon said, “This is a historic day – not just for Gwinnett Tech, but for the technical college system as a whole. This is a promise to our student citizens that they will have access to education. It is a promise to our businesses that they will have a quality and sustainable workforce.”
When talking to business and industry about why Georgia is a great place to do business, Commissioner Corbin said, “the conversation always goes to economic development, workforce development and education.”
This first campus building, one of three planned, has three stories and approximately 95,000 square feet, housing both classrooms and administrative offices. The building will have 35 classrooms, including seven Technology Enhanced Active Learning rooms, seven computer labs, three science labs, a library, bookstore, two 90-seat lecture halls, a Learning Success Center, and study areas on all three floors, plus offices for advising, financial aid and recruiting.
The first program offerings, decided in concert with North Fulton business and economic development leaders, will include Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Criminal Justice, Accounting, Business Administration Technology, Basic Science, Patient Care and Assisting, Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism, and Early Childhood Care & Education.
When built out, it’s projected that the campus could serve up to 10,000 students in three buildings. Gwinnett Tech now serves more than 18,000 students annually in college credit, adult education and continuing education classes.
Gwinnett Tech has been serving North Fulton since mid-2010 and now offers adult education, continuing education and dual enrollment for high school students to area residents.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 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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