September 10, 2013
Gwinnett Tech Continues to See Increasing Enrollment
Fall Semester Growth Reinforces GTC's Rank as the State's 2nd Largest Technical College
Strong growth at Gwinnett Technical College continues this term, with total enrollment for Fall Semester 2013 now at 7,040, an increase of 5.3 percent over last year. Students have enrolled in 62,576 credit hours, a 4.3 percent year-to-year increase.
Gwinnett Tech is among Georgia's largest technical colleges, continuing to rank second, and serves over 21,000 students annually in college credit, continuing education and adult education programs.
GTC's rising enrollment numbers are counter to general enrollment trends. The U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that college enrollment declined significantly in 2012.
"We're excited to have the opportunity to serve an increasing number of students as we prepare them to successfully enter or re-enter our region's highly-skilled workforce," says Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels. "We believe our continued growth reflects our reputation with students for providing relevant career education and training, and our reputation with employers who are confident that our graduates are ready and able to meet the challenges of today's workplace."
Enrollment numbers for the term may increase further as Gwinnett Tech has one more enrollment deadline later this fall. Registration for "Term C" – a mini-mester within the fall term – begins Oct 3. Classes start Oct. 10.
The five programs receiving the largest enrollment this fall are Healthcare Science, Networking Specialist, Business Management, Healthcare Assistant and Computer Programming.
Thirty-five (35) percent of GTC students use Georgia's HOPE Program, with 2,305 receiving funding from the HOPE Grant for diploma and certificate programs. That number is up 23 percent from Fall Semester 2012 when 1, 871 GTC students received HOPE Grant funding. Earlier this year, the GPA required to maintain the HOPE Grant was returned to 2.0, enabling more students to qualify for funding this term.
Gwinnett Tech's priority on providing flexible scheduling options, including a large number of online courses, continues to be embraced by students. Currently, 63 percent of GTC students take classes during the day and 31 percent take evening classes.
This semester, GTC has started a "Weekend College" option, offering certain courses on Friday evenings and on Saturdays. Already, 6 percent of students are using this option, with more weekend course options available starting Oct. 10.
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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