Gwinnett Tech President Delivers State of the College Address to Business and Industry Leaders and College Supporters

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON — Gwinnett Technical College is at the hub of the community’s business and industry needs, according to its president Dr. Glen Cannon. Addressing an audience of business and industry leaders, volunteers, donors and other supporters of the college at the first annual State of the College Address, Dr. Cannon spoke of a bright future for Georgia’s third largest technical college.

“We don’t guarantee success,” Dr. Cannon said in his speech, “but we do guarantee opportunity.”

From its partnerships with recognized industry leaders to its strong placement and graduation rates, Gwinnett Tech is primed for success as it opens its second campus in just a few months. In addition to its flagship campus in Lawrenceville, the college is expanding into North Fulton County to support the students in that part of the service area. Opening this January is a new three-story building, located at Old Milton Parkway and Georgia 400, that will include 35 classrooms, plus lecture halls, labs, computer centers, a library, study spaces and student support services facilities.

“This puts us in a position to be in the center of growth and some of the biggest and best companies in Georgia and the Southeast,” he added. “That is an exciting place to be, as well as one of great responsibility to help develop the workforce for these industries.”

According to Dr. Cannon, the role that Gwinnett Tech plays in the workforce development of the region is a vital component to success businesses have found. More than half of the top technology employers and a strong percentage of the top public companies in Metro Atlanta are located within the approximately 700 square miles served by the college. From leaders in technology and healthcare to the logistics and finance giants, Gwinnett Technical College has programs on both the credit and continuing education sides of the house that enhance the productivity and efficiency through its quality learning opportunities for current and future employees, said Cannon.

Also Friday, the college honored some of its biggest supporters with three awards, including Benefactor, Volunteer and Advisory Board of the Year honors.

Three finalists were recognized in the category of Advisory Board of the Year included Early Childhood Care and Education, Health Information Technology and Veterinary Assistance. Winning this year’s award was Early Childhood Care and Education.

The Benefactor of the Year was not just one person this year, as Gwinnett Tech honored Jim, Gary, and David Clarke for their family’s dedication to the college through the Clarke Family Charitable Trust. The family has helped to found the Clarke Family Nursing Scholarship Fund, an endowment intended to assist nursing students in financing their education.  To date, $71,250 has been awarded to 33 students, providing financial assistance in their pursuit of a nursing education.

The 2015 Volunteer of the Year award was given to Gwinnett Tech Foundation Trustee Dan King. Honored for his role as a steadfast supporter of professional development for both staff and volunteers, he has inspired fellow trustees to take a more engaged, proactive, fiduciary and governance role. In his role he has donated hundreds of volunteer hours and is now focusing on the new campus launch in Alpharetta-North Fulton.  

As winners of the college awards for Benefactor and Volunteer of the Year, members of the Clarke Family and King are now eligible for statewide awards of the same name by the Technical College Foundation Association. These awards are designed to showcase past generosity and commitments to the foundations of the Technical College System of Georgia and to encourage future generosity and commitments.

Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.