Gwinnett Technical College Seeks Artwork from Students K-12 for Design Competition

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON - Gwinnett Technical College and the State of Georgia is encouraging students grades K-12 to submit original works of art depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. The competition is part of many exciting activities planned for Georgia's 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week, an annual event hosted by the State recognizing the contribution of manufacturing to Georgia's economy.

Manufacturing provides approximately 384,800 jobs for Georgians. More than 9,456 manufacturing facilities in Georgia are devoted to making products as diverse as textiles and automotive parts. Manufacturing is the process of creating physical objects that will be used by someone or used to build something else. Students are encouraged to create artwork that celebrates the manufacturers in their communities and/or showcases products made in their hometowns, counties or statewide.





  • Artwork will be judged in three categories: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Four winners will be chosen from each category. First-, second-, and third-place and honorable mention winners will be honored at the Governor's Award Luncheon on April 27, 2017 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Governor Deal will present all award winners with certificates, as well as monetary scholarships. First-place winners will receive $500; Second-place winners receive $300; third-place winners receive $100; and honorable mentions receive $50. The winning entries will also be displayed at the luncheon.
  • Gwinnett Technical College is proud to be a partner with the State in celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week. Artwork entries from students in our Gwinnett community should be submitted to Ms. Ann Sechrist at Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 700 - Continuing Education, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 13, 2017.
    • All artwork must include the following on the back, upper-right corner:
    • Student's Name
    • Student's Grade Level and School Name
    • School Phone Number
    • Local Technical College's Name

Artwork must be oriented as landscape on paper sized 11” x 17”. Art may be created with paint, watercolors, pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, etc. Submissions in the grades 9-12 category may be computer-generated. All artwork must be flat; no 3-D objects allowed. Make sure art is completely dry before shipping. Please note that submission entries will not be returned to contestants. Remember, art should portray manufacturing specific to the state of Georgia.

For further information or questions about the contest, please call Ann Sechrist, Director of Economic Development, Gwinnett Technical College at 678-226-6305. To learn more about Manufacturing Appreciation Week, visit

Image Caption: 2016 First Place Winning Artwork for the Grade 6-8 Category created by Hailey Gerhart of Greenbrier Middle School in Evans, GA.

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 provider of corporate training and also 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 404-679-4500 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 A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.