Student Success

Gwinnett Tech’s service delivery area (SDA) covers both Gwinnett and North Fulton counties.  Gwinnett cities include Auburn, Berkley Lake, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Rest Haven, Snellville, Sugar Hill, and Suwanee. North Fulton cities include Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Roswell, Mountain Park, Johns Creek, and Milton. Service area adjacent counties are as follows: Barrow, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Hall, Jackson, Rockdale, Walton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cherokee, and Cobb. The College’s service area is home to seven Fortune 500 companies: AGCO, NCR Corporation, Primerica, RockTenn, UPS, Newell Rubbermaid, and First Data Corporation.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits Gwinnett Technical College to award the associate degree. SACSCOC is the same accreditation shared by many other colleges and universities throughout the region. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-67945010 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. Gwinnett Tech’s compliance with SACSCOC standards ensures that our programs and curriculum meet the quality standards that today’s businesses demand.
In addition to regional accreditation, some industries require additional accreditation or certification by independent agencies that are program specific. The programs and their additional accreditations include:

Gwinnett Tech’s exemplary work in its academic program enables the College, as one of 23 Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institutions, to outpace others in the following areas:




Total Number of Awards Conferred



Total Placement (i.e., in a job, school, other)



Graduation Rate



Retention Rate



Job Placement – In Field



Gwinnett Technical College has historically provided educational access to a diverse population of students in its service delivery area (SDA). Generally, most of the College’s AY17 students (80%) took part-time course loads (e.g., less than 12 credit hours). While most Gwinnett Tech students are female (60%), between 21 and 25 (29%) and under 21 (27%), the classrooms are filled with students from a range of ethnicities and age groups, factors that enhance the learning environment.

Credit Eroll profile AY17

Throughout the years, the average student GPA has remained consistent, even while serving increasing numbers of academically and economically disadvantaged students. These trends suggest that Gwinnett Tech continues to excel in its mission to advance the knowledge of individuals to enrich lives and develop opportunities.

Gwinnett Tech Student Population
Annual Average GPA: FY2008 – AY2015
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012   2013 2014 2015
Term 1 3.23 3.16 3.2 3.22 3.38 Fall 3.09 3.01 3.03
Term 2 3.1 3.06 3.12 3.14 3.08 Spring 3.08 3.05 3.08
Term 3 3.09 3.1 3.12 3.15 3.1 Summer 3.16 3.19 3.19
Term 4 3.1 3.14 3.11 3.14 3.22   ** ** **
Average 3.13 3.12 3.14 3.16 3.2   3.11 3.08 3.10

Source: Crystal Report – Average GPA

Gwinnett Tech makes every effort to identify all eligible sources of financial aid for its students. “Academically disadvantaged students” are defined as those enrolled in a learning support or Adult Basic Education course. Needs-based financial aid recipient (Pell or TANF) are defined as “academically disadvantaged.” The percentages below are a reflection of the College’s success in this area, especially considering the increasing number of academically and economically disadvantaged students.

Gwinnett Tech Disadvantaged Students

Source: KMS#DC120
GTC Aid Recipients

Source: KMS#DC129

Distance Education (i.e., online) students are also a priority at Gwinnett Tech. Most often, students take online courses because of professional and personal obligations. The majority (79%) of our distance education students are part-time (i.e., registered for less than 12 credit hours), between the ages of 21 – 25 (24%) and over 40 (24.3%), and a significant number are female (72%).

Online Students Credit Load
Online Students Age Group
Online Students Ethnicity
Online Students Gender

Source: KMS#DC160-O, #DC126

Gwinnett Tech has consistently experienced enrollment growth (with the exception of 2011 – 2012). Over the past four years, the enrollment stabilized with approximately 10,000 students. Overall, the College grows 2.8% each year and has experienced an overall 84.4% growth in its over 30 years of existence.

This image is a line graph that depicts Gwinnett Technical College’s total unduplicated credit enrollment trend from 1998 to 2017. The College's overall unduplicated enrollment has grown 104.1% over the past 20 years with an average annual growth of 4.5% each year.

The Georgia initiative, Dual Enrollment ( formerly MOWR), is designed to help students in the state to earn college credits before graduating from high school. Since 2015, Gwinnett Tech’s dual enrollment numbers have increase 142%, creating more opportunities for the young community to make a seamless transition to college. The College continues to expects the number to grow exponentially in the next couple of years and is poised to support students who have found Gwinnett Tech to be an academically viable option.

GTC Dual Enrollment

Source: KMS#DC104

Earlier, the data were shown indicating an increase in academically and educationally disadvantaged students. Although the disadvantaged groups typically require additional support, Gwinnett Tech invests a significant amount of resources to facilitate students’ success. The table below shows Gwinnett Tech’s retention rates remain fairly consistent, a clear indication of the College’s commitment to helping students realize their educational, professional and personal goals.

GTC Fall to Fall

*Fall-to-Fall retention tracks a fall cohort (first time, regular admitted students) from a previous academic year who graduated or were still enrolled at a Georgia technical college or university system college as of the fall semester in the subsequent year shown.
*Retention is defined by the number of students that return.

Source: KMS#DC231

Gwinnett Tech continues to experience an overall increase in the awarding of degrees. As illustrated in the second table, there is a consistent increase in the awarding of associate degrees, while maintaining a consistent representation of certificates and diplomas.

GTC Degree Graduates

Source: KMS#DC109


Placement at Gwinnett Technical College is calculated based on certain self-identified characteristics upon student graduation. In 2015, Gwinnett Tech graduates had an overall 76% for in-field (i.e., a job related to the major) job placement rate and a 99% overall placement (i.e., In Field + Military + Related Field+ Unrelated Field + In Field and Cont. Ed + Related Field and Cont. Ed + Unrelated Field and Cont. Ed + Cont. Ed / Numerator + Not Employed) rate.

Placement Rates AY17

Employers of Recent Gwinnett Tech Graduates

Over the years, Gwinnett Tech graduates have benefited from their education by finding rewarding jobs. Here is a sample of companies with whom Gwinnett Tech graduates have found employment:

Recent Employers

Certification and Licensure

Students graduating from Gwinnett Tech also perform extremely well on certification and licensure examinations. Gwinnett Tech’s world-class faculty and instructors are intentional in their efforts to prepare students to succeed in realizing their post-Gwinnett Tech goals.

Program Certification & Licensure Pass Rates
FY2013 – AY2015

Program Level Certification/Licensure 2013 2014 2015 State/National Pass Rate
Cosmetology Diploma G. S. B. C. Cosmetology Board Examination 100% 100% 91% 96%
Emergency Medical Technician TCC N. R. E. M. T.  Emergency Medical Technician Exam 81% 92% 91% 86%
Medial Assisting Diploma A.A.M.A. Certified Medical Assisting (CMA) Certification 97% 85% * 68%
Paramedicine AAS & Diploma N. R. E. M. T. Paramedic Certification Exam & Paramedic National Registry (NPR) Exam 100% -- 100% 72%
Registered Nursing ADN National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) 87% 89% 96% 82%
Radiologic Technology AAS A. R. R. T. National Certification Examination for Radiographers 100% 100% * 90%**
Respiratory Technology AAS Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) -- -- 100% 75%
Surgical Technology AAS N.B.S.T.S.A. Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam 100% 100% 100% 70%
Veterinary Technology AAS A.A.V.S.B. Veterinary Technician National Exams (VTNE) 94% 100% 100% 76%
*2015 test scores were not released prior to publish date
**5-Year National average pass rate.