Why I Give

Why I Give

Sean Murphy, Board Chair

"Gwinnett Tech has come into its own and the school is stepping up and meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Bioscience education is hapenning in Gwinnett County, and it's at Gwinnett Tech. The school has a mission now to lead, not follow. And as an employer, I can tell you, I want to hire folks from Gwinnett Tech."

-Sean Murphy, Past Chair, Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees

Donor Stories - Why I Give

Gwinnett Tech supporters come from many walks of life and backgrounds. Some were scholarship recipients themselves in their youth, and are committed to assisting today’s students who are striving to achieve their dreams. Gwinnett Tech Foundation donors not only invest their treasure in student success, but many are involved personally as mentors, classroom guest lecturers and serve on program advisory boards and other committees.

Honors & Awards

At the October 2016 State of the College Address, Dr. Cannon recognized the following individuals and groups for their dedication to supporting Gwinnett Tech and its students:

2016 Volunteer Of The Year: Phil Wolfe
Volunteer of the Year: Phil Wolfe

Gwinnett Tech’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center, (GMC), has led the community in the pursuit of providing the best health care in the region through his visionary leadership style, engaging regional leaders to initiate over $150 million in capital investments at GMC.
As a community leader, Phil serves on many boards, and has played an integral role at Gwinnett Tech over the years, including the creation of the Life Sciences Center. Phil was a leader in the campaign which helped secure over $9.1 million in regional support for Gwinnett Tech’s new facility.
As one of the top employers in the region, Phil ensures that Gwinnett Tech students are offered clinical opportunities and internships to help them gain real-world experience. Also, GMC employs many Gwinnett Tech graduates each year in nearly every department.
From nominations across the state of Georgia, Phil was also chosen as the Technical College Foundation Association’s Volunteer of the Year.

2016 Benefactor of the Year: Clyde and Sandra Strickland
Clyde and Sandra Strickland

Clyde and Sandra Strickland, longtime philanthropists in Gwinnett, believe in “self-starting” and financial responsibility, which is evidenced in their history of generosity in the community.

When Gwinnett Tech launched the Legacy of Lives Campaign in 2011, they created the Clyde and Sandra Strickland Scholarship Fund which supports Gwinnett Tech students from all walks of life, including GED students who need help paying for tests and books, as well as those transitioning from GED to credit programs. Their initial gift served as a testimony of their support, and encouraged other regional leaders to invest in Gwinnett Tech.

To date, the Stricklands have generously supported over 850 students; and, Gwinnett Tech’s Nursing Lab is named in their honor, serving as a great example of their dedication to health care and education at Gwinnett Tech. They selflessly donate their time, treasure, and legacy, exemplifying them as pillars of the community.

Most recently, the Stricklands hosted the American Made Movie on campus, a documentary they supported and helped produce, about the importance of manufacturing and jobs in the United States. The Stricklands’ support not only assists Gwinnett Tech’s students financially, but their personal involvement and commitment shows students that someone really cares about them, their dreams and their futures. They can often be found on campus encouraging students, speaking to classes, sharing life experiences and wisdom – a calling they wholeheartedly embrace .

Advisory Board of the Year: Computer Information Systems,(CIS)
2016 Advisory Board of the Year: Computer Information Systems,(CIS)

Advisory boards are essential to Gwinnett Tech’s academic and program success. Industry leaders volunteer their time and resources to assist the College in evaluating regional employers’ workforce requirements, offering advice on program needs and making connections in the region for support.

This year, the Computer Information Systems, (CIS), Advisory Board was named the 2016 Advisory Board of the Year. Being actively involved in one of Gwinnett Tech’s largest and most popular programs, the CIS Advisory Board worked to advance the program curriculum content to accommodate more hands-on, in-class labs and larger class sizes. The CISCO curriculum and labs were revised and updated to reflect the new CISCO certification.

The board is very active in serving as guest speakers in classes, discussing the latest trends in their industry. Also, the CIS Advisory Board remains generous in sustaining the CIS Advisory Board scholarship through personal and corporate financial support.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!