Gwinnett Tech and Southern Polytechnic Partnership Yields Big Opportunities for Bioscience Students

October 02, 2014

Gwinnett Tech and Southern Polytechnic Partnership Yields Big Opportunities for Bioscience Students


Gwinnett Technical College’s articulation agreement with Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) enables GTC bioscience graduates to earn their bachelor’s degree – with tuition, fees and expenses covered.

Gwinnett Tech’s Bioscience Technology program formed a partnership with SPSU, which recently merged with Kennesaw State University, in 2013. The 2 + 2 Agreement allows Gwinnett Tech students with an associate degree in Bioscience Technology to transfer all of their coursework to SPSU and complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S) in Biotechnology at the university in two additional years.

The SPSU degree is supported by a federal grant that covers tuition, fees and additional expenses for students accepted to the SPSU program.

Bioscience is a career that covers a broad range of opportunities, including those in healthcare, food sciences, industrial and environmental workplaces. For bioscience graduates who want to continue their education beyond the associate degree, the partnership with SPSU offers a path to higher degrees.

Gwinnett Tech’s Bioscience Technology program is laboratory-centered and produces graduates who can work effectively in modern, state-of-the-art laboratories in careers like research, quality assurance and medical diagnostics. GTC’s labs feature the latest in lab technologies, including two mass spectrometers, a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, inductively coupled plasma spectrometer, liquid and gas chromatography and several polymerase chain reaction cyclers.

GTC students also have the opportunity to become independently involved in an active research project that seeks new anti-cancer molecules and have an option for extended internships in labs in the industry.

Five Gwinnett Tech bioscience grads have already been accepted into the SPSU program, including Kristina Palermino and Gabrielle Holenstein. While at GTC,  Palermino, completed her internship at Yerkes Regional Primate Center Veterinary Labs at Emory University. Holenstein was as an intern for CSI Laboratories, a large medical diagnostic service lab in North Fulton.

Georgia’s bioscience and life sciences sector is one the state’s fastest growing, with strong job demand anticipated for the future. Currently, Georgia is home to more than 360 life sciences companies, most of them focused on healthcare applications, ranging from established to start-up pharmaceutical biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, medical supply and medical informatics companies; and contract laboratory, preclinical and clinical research organizations.

Gwinnett Tech offers a degree program in Bioscience Technology, plus certificate options in Bioscience Environmental Laboratory Technology, Bioscience Regulatory Assurance Technology and Healthcare Science.

GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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