Gwinnett Technical College received a $24,000 donation from AT&T this week for scholarships that will be awarded to students interested in studying Computer Information Systems at Gwinnett Tech’s new Alpharetta-North Fulton campus. Officials from the college accepted the donation at the new campus on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, which will open for classes this January. The donation will also enhance outreach for Move On When Ready, a program that allows students to earn college credit while still in high school.
"We are excited to receive this support from AT&T, furthering our ability to reach out to high school students and encourage them to enroll in Move On When Ready to study CIS programs at our new Alpharetta-North Fulton campus," said Gwinnett Technical College Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Mary Beth Byerly. “Combined with funds designated for Computer Information Systems scholarships for students, we will be able to reach and support more students on their journey toward careers in some of Georgia’s hottest industries.”
Both areas benefiting from the grant have been deemed important in Gov. Nathan Deal’s priorities in recent years. Computer Information Systems is on a list of programs eligible for Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant funding that provides students with up to $500 per semester beyond HOPE Grant funds in technical programs for in-demand careers.
Move On When Ready is a new state initiative that focuses on high school students. The program is available to students beginning in their freshman year of high school and covers all postsecondary tuition, mandatory fees and books, for up to 15 credit hours per semester.
This is not the first such gift to the College from AT&T, which has made substantial donations since 1998. Previous funds have been used for scholarships and academic programs.
Established in 1994, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation provides annual support and capital improvement funding to Gwinnett Tech. This funding provides a variety of scholarships, faculty professional development, supplemental program support, capital campaigns and other initiatives that enhance academic opportunities and the quality of education at the College.
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 www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
December 1, 2015