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January 07, 2012
AGCO Corporation Donates $75,000 to the Gwinnett Technical College Legacy of Lives Campaign
Funding Enables Expansion of Bioscience Technology Program
AGCO Corporation has donated $75,000 to Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives Campaign to support expansion of the college's Bioscience Technology program.
The funds will be used to underwrite a second, full-time Bioscience faculty member, making it possible to increase enrollment in this program. This faculty member will also play a vital role as a liaison to the region's growing bioscience and environmental sustainability communities.
"We are so pleased to partner with AGCO Corporation and value this very generous gift that enables us to grow our capacity in the Bioscience area," says Sharon Bartels, President, Gwinnett Tech. "AGCO's support permits us to help students to become self-sufficient and contributing members of our community and through their work, make an even greater contribution to sustainable environments worldwide."
With corporate offices in Duluth, AGCO is a global, full-line agricultural equipment manufacturer creating more efficient and environmentally sustainable equipment and innovative processes to support the worldwide farming community.
"We at AGCO feel that the educational work at Gwinnett Technical College is a good match for AGCO, where we strive to provide high-tech solutions to help feed the world," says Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO, AGCO Corporation. "The students in this program will take a very active role in finding solutions to support an ever increasing world population."
As a member of the Georgia Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership, Gwinnett Tech was one of the first education providers to detect a need for skilled workers in the life and biosciences arena. The college's Bioscience Technology program supports the development of life sciences companies currently located in Georgia and those looking to relocate to Georgia. This program has seen tremendous growth and outstanding job placement in high paying careers.
"Gwinnett Tech is uniquely positioned to bring together the talent needed to enrich our lives through expanded outreach to our community bioscience and sustainability partners like AGCO," explains Bartels.
The Bioscience Technology program prepares graduates to perform a number of biotechnology related careers, including laboratory research, and provided the skills to work in sophisticated biotechnology manufacturing settings. Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree option in bioscience technology, which can be completed in about two years. Other bioscience options at Gwinnett Tech include certificate programs for the Bioscience Environmental Laboratory Technologist and Bioscience Regulatory Assurance Technologist.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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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 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. GTC is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and now serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097,404-679-4500, www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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