GTC Honored at Partnership Gwinnett Economic Development Summit

November 19, 2012

GTC Honored at Partnership Gwinnett Economic Development Summit
Gwinnett Tech is Imagination Award winner for furthering education opportunities and workforce development


Gwinnett Technical College was named the Imagination Award winner at the Gwinnett Chamber's Partnership Gwinnett Community and Economic Development Summit last week, with President Sharon Bartels honored for her vision and leadership.

Gwinnett Tech was one of six award winners named at the Summit. One company and one  individual were recognized in three categories – Imagination, Innovation and Influence. The awards honored efforts supporting economic progress, quality of life and/or educational opportunities in the county.

Nick Masino, vice president of economic development for the Chamber, presented Bartels with the award, noting, "Led by President Sharon Bartels' vision, the college has become a model of workforce development and career-focused education in Georgia. Recent successes include the opening of the state-of-the-art Life Sciences Center and the establishment of the Life and Health Sciences Excellence Endowment Fund and Community Challenge Initiative, through the support of the Hudgens Family Foundation."

 "It's so gratifying for our board members, donors, business partners, faculty and staff to be recognized for the excellent work they do on behalf of our students and our community. All of us at Gwinnett Tech are committed to teaching and equipping our students to become future leaders and progressive and productive members of the community's workforce," said President Bartels.

Winners in all categories include:

  • Imagination: Gwinnett Technical College and Eddie Owens, founder of Eddie Owens Presents

  • Innovation: ACGO Global and Jonathan Holmes, founding partner, Mighty 8 Media

  • Influence: 12 Stone Church and Marsha Bomar, senior principal of Stantec and Duluth City Council member

"We congratulate the winners of each of these awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Gwinnett community," stated Philip R. Wolfe, President/CEO for Gwinnett Medical Center and 2012 Partnership Gwinnett Chairman. "Partnership Gwinnett is committed to serving the individuals, businesses, educational institutions and entrepreneurs that make Gwinnett County a great place to live, work, and play."

GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate student options that students can finish in two years or less.  For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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November 19, 2012