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September 24, 2012
Gwinnett Tech Names Adjunct Instructor of the Year
Early Childhood Education Faculty Member Honored for Innovation and Leadership
Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) has named Joyce Keith its Adjunct Instructor of the Year. Keith, who teaches in GTC's Early Childhood Care and Education program, has been a GTC adjunct faculty member for seven years.
Gwinnett Tech's Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award is designed to recognize adjunct instructors at the college who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.
Dr. Priscilla Smith, Early Childhood Care and Education program director, nominated Keith for the honor. "The relationship Joyce develops with students is a model for all of us. She helps students look within themselves to see strengths and to assist them in addressing areas where improvement is needed. She has mentored students and provided valuable connections with Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) for them," said Smith.
Dr. Smith also noted Keith's role in developing Gwinnett Tech's certificate program for Early Childhood Exceptionalities, launched last year. "Joyce worked with GCPS administrators to tailor the specialization to industry needs. She developed and taught the two classes, bringing in guest speakers from GCPS to enrich the learning experience. The wealth of information that our students are receiving will make them outstanding paraprofessionals in Special Education classrooms and we owe it to Joyce Keith's expertise."
Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree and a diploma in early childhood care and education, plus certificate programs for Child Development Specialist, Early Childhood Care and Education Basics, Early Childhood Exceptionalities and Early Childhood Program Administration.
As part of the early education program, Gwinnett Tech students complete internships and practicums, often in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools as well as other early educational facilities. Students also have the opportunity to observe and study in the program's on-campus lab school, the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center. The Hudgens Early Education Center is an innovative early care center and pre-school, open to the public.
Since its inception, Gwinnett Tech's Early Childhood Care and Education program has been honored several times by the Georgia Association on Young Children, earning both the Student of the Year and Instructor of the Year awards.
In all, 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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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 the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. 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 www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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