By Victoria Seals, Ed.D, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Gwinnett Technical College
More than 750 students and hundreds of Alpharetta businesses celebrated Gwinnett Technical College’s opening day on January 6. Since Alpharetta is home to more than 600 technology companies and 300 healthcare providers, the campus makes it easier than ever to grow leadership with dozens of business-relevant education programs. The new, 25-acre campus serves students interested in careers that include healthcare, information technology, logistics, early childhood education, hospitality, management, and accounting, just to name a few.
So, what does this mean for the Greater Alpharetta community?
- High schoolers can get a jump-start on applying to college. The new Move on When Ready (MOWR) team is ready to show high-school students and their parents how to earn college credit. For free. MOWR covers tuition, fees, and books (students are responsible for some lab or course material fees.) Most college-level courses will transfer to any four-year college or university in the University System of Georgia. High-school students also have an opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree, resulting in cutting the cost of a bachelor’s degree in half. We can already see smiles on parents’ faces!
- For college students, the new campus might mean the start of a career in cybersecurity, computer programming, CISCO, logistics, or bioscience inside 95,000 sq. feet of classrooms, lecture halls, computer and science labs. Not to mention all classrooms and labs are equipped with top-notch technology designed to facilitate effective instruction. Through credit programs, continuing education and adult education, students are offered excellent education and training. Student-centered support includes a tutoring center, enrollment advisors, career services, a library, a bookstore and extensive collaboration spaces.
- For businesses in the area, like AT&T, opening day marked a new opportunity to help support workforce development by investing in Computer Information Systems students through the newly established AT&T Scholarship at GTC. Local employees might want to brush up on hot skills to support a job promotion. Gwinnett Tech Continuing Education and Economic Development programs are designed to provide companies with a well-educated, industry-savvy workforce.
Gwinnett Technical College is proud to partner with organizations like the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN), and the City of Alpharetta to help attract new businesses and retain current companies. Check out what’s happening on campus on at www.GwinnettTech.edu and discover how the services and programs can support your business success.