Center for Internship and Entrepreneurship Excellence
The mission of the Center for Internship and Entrepreneurship Excellence is to serve as a one-stop resource for career development and training. Working with small business employers, the Center will develop internships that match students with existing businesses and startups to further enhance their classroom instruction. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts and training in entrepreneurship and small business development, and to further educate aspiring student entrepreneurs to sound business practices. The Center will provide access to resources designed to support them in the process of developing, building and launching their own businesses. Once fully established, the Center will also provide small business owners from the College’s alumni access to a host of external services and organizations, to assist and support their ongoing success and growth.
Purpose and Goals:
Under the guidance of the College’s Economic Development and Business Sciences Divisions, the Center for Internships and Entrepreneurship Excellence will focus on four key strategic initiatives:
- Extend work-based internships to currently enrolled students through internships and apprenticeships in both large and small businesses.
- Provide entrepreneurial training and development for those students seeking to develop and launch their own small businesses.
- Coordinate and facilitate a series of events designed to introduce and assist employers in establishing work-based learning programs within their organizations.
- Extend services and resources to existing small business owners who are graduates and alumni of the College, to foster and support their continued growth and sustainability.
The Center will serve several key target audiences, including:
- Gwinnett Tech students seeking work-based internships and apprenticeships within businesses that align with their programs of study, with an emphasis on placing them within small businesses.
- Budding student entrepreneurs seeking to start their own businesses, with a particular focus on female and minority students, and student veterans.
- Businesses within the College’s service delivery area that are interested in establishing internship and apprenticeships, and one-on-one mentoring.
- Gwinnett Tech alumni who own small businesses and are in need of assistance and support.
Anticipated number of students, alumni and community members served:
During the first year of the project, 180 students and alumni will be served through internships provided through 60 designated small businesses. Initially, several Gwinnett Tech departments will be involved in development of the Center, including Career Services, Admissions, Foundation, Computer Information Systems, Horticulture and Business Management. Over the course of the second year, all established student internships will fall under the Center for development and management. The third year will involve completing all phases of the project, serving up to 600 students and 300 small businesses.
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Fulton County Public Schools, Junior Achievement, Goodwill, United Way and local businesses.
Alpharetta-North Fulton Campus
Gwinnett Tech’s new campus in Alpharetta-North Fulton opened in January 6, 2016.
2875 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA, 30009-2230
The 25-acre campus site is located at the intersection of Georgia 400 and Old Milton Parkway.
This first campus building houses three stories and approximately 95,000 square feet, offering both classrooms and administrative offices. The building has 35 classrooms, including several Technology Enhanced Active Learning rooms, seven computer labs, three science labs, a library, bookstore, two 75-seat lecture halls, a Learning Success Center and study areas on all three floors, plus offices for advising, financial aid, and recruiting.
Initial concentrations are in Computer Sciences (Computer Programming, Game Development, Information Security Specialist, Internet Specialist/Web Site Design, Networking Specialist), Health and Life Sciences (Health Information Management Technology, Patient Care Technician), Education (Early Childhood Education), Business (Accounting, Logistics, Criminal Justice Technology, Business Management, Marketing Management, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management).
This is the first of three buildings planned for the North Fulton Campus. When completed, it is anticipated the campus could serve up to 10,000 students.
The Legacy of Lives Campaign
At the cornerstone of the A Legacy of Lives campaign is the Life Sciences Center – a three-story classroom and laboratory learning facility in the Lawrenceville campus, where Gwinnett's future healthcare providers and professionals train. The center is essential for preparing the new healthcare staff that will be needed as our population continues to grow and age.
Opened in August 2011 for fall semester, the Life Sciences Center serves annually more than 3,000 students. The center provides 78,000 square feet of innovative learning space dedicated to life sciences, healthcare professions, public safety and service programs.
The center enables the college to expand its existing science and allied health programs and introduce new programs. Gwinnett Tech offers degree programs in health information technology (HIT), cardiovascular technology and diagnostic sonography, and a certificate program for patient care assistant.