Student Success

Student Success

Gwinnett Tech’s service delivery area (SDA) covers both Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. The population has grown by 2% just between 2014 and 2015, but realized significant growth of 10% since 2006. In comparison, the entire state of Georgia has only grown 1% between 2014 and 2015, while experiencing 11% growth since 2006. SDA demographics also reveal a significant number of people in the 40 – 49 (15.5%), 10 – 19 (15%) and 30 – 39 (14.1%) age ranges, with an almost even split among males (51%) and females (49%). The Educational Attainment by County graphs below demographics for 9th – 12th grade (Gwinnett – 7%; North Fulton – 6%), high school diploma (Gwinnett – 24%; North Fulton – 18%), some college (Gwinnett – 20%; North Fulton – 18%), associate degree (Gwinnett – 9%; North Fulton – 5%), bachelor’s (Gwinnett – 23%; North Fulton – 30%), graduate degree and higher (Gwinnett – 10%; North Fulton – 19%).

Educational Attainment by County

Gwinnett County Educational Attainment
North Fulton Educational Attainment

As one of 23 institutions that are members of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Gwinnett Tech continues to outpace the other institutions in the following areas:

Indicator Ranking Results
Total Placement (i.e., in a job, school, other) 12th 98.6%
Job Placement – In Field 4th 75.9%
Total Number of Awards Conferred 3rd 4114
Graduation Rate 10th 69%
Retention Rate 14th 64%

Gwinnett Technical College has historically provided educational access to a diverse population of students in its service designation area (SDA). Generally speaking, most of the College’s students are part-time (79%). While most Gwinnett Tech students are female (60%), the classrooms are filled with students from a range of ethnicities and age groups, factors that enhance the learning environment.

Source: KMS#DC131

Throughout the years, the average student GPA has remained consistent, even while serving increasing numbers of academically and economically disadvantaged students. These trends suggest that Gwinnett Tech continues to excel in its mission to advance the knowledge of individuals to enrich lives and develop opportunities.

GTC Student Population
Annual Average GPA: FY2008 – AY2015
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012   2013 2014 2015
Term 1 3.23 3.16 3.2 3.22 3.38 Fall 3.09 3.01 3.03
Term 2 3.1 3.06 3.12 3.14 3.08 Spring 3.08 3.05 3.08
Term 3 3.09 3.1 3.12 3.15 3.1 Summer 3.16 3.19 3.19
Term 4 3.1 3.14 3.11 3.14 3.22   ** ** **
Average 3.13 3.12 3.14 3.16 3.2   3.11 3.08 3.10

Source: Crystal Report – Average GPA

Gwinnett Tech makes every effort to identify all eligible sources of financial aid for its students. “Academically disadvantaged students” are defined as those enrolled in a learning support or Adult Basic Education course. Needs-based financial aid recipient (Pell or TANF) are defined as “academically disadvantaged.” The percentages below are a reflection of the College’s success in this area, especially considering the increasing number of academically and economically disadvantaged students.

Gwinnett Tech Disadvantaged Students

Source: KMS#DC120
GTC Aid Recipients

Source: KMS#DC129

Distance Education (i.e., online) students are also a priority at Gwinnett Tech. Most often, students take online courses because of professional and personal obligations. The majority (79%) of our distance education students are part-time (i.e., registered for less than 12 credit hours), between the ages of 21 – 25 (24%) and over 40 (24.3%), and a significant number are female (72%).

Online Students Credit Load
Online Students Age Group
Online Students Ethnicity
Online Students Gender

Source: KMS#DC160-O, #DC126

Gwinnett Tech has consistently experienced enrollment growth (with the exception of 2011 – 2012). Over the past four years, the enrollment stabilized with approximately 10,000 students. Overall, the College grows 2.8% each year and has experienced an overall 84.4% growth in its over 30 years of existence.

Total Unduplicated Enrollment


The Georgia initiative, Dual Enrollment(MOWR), is designed to help students in the state to earn college credits before graduating from high school. In 2015, Gwinnett Tech enrolled over 600 dual enrollment students (more than a 300% increase since 2012), creating more opportunities for the young community to make a seamless transition to college. The College expects the number to grow exponentially in the next couple of years and is poised to support students who have found Gwinnett Tech to be an academically viable option.

GTC Dual Enrollment

Source: KMS#DC104

Earlier, the data were shown indicating an increase in academically and educationally disadvantaged students. Although the disadvantaged groups typically require additional support, Gwinnett Tech invests a significant amount of resources to facilitate students’ success. The table below shows Gwinnett Tech’s retention rates remain fairly consistent, a clear indication of the College’s commitment to helping students realize their educational, professional and personal goals.

GTC Fall to Fall

*Fall cohort from previous year (first time, regular admitted students) who graduated or were still enrolled at a Georgia technical college or university system college as of the year shown.
*Retention is defined by the number of students that return.

Source: KMS#DC231

Gwinnett Tech continues to experience an overall increase in the awarding of degrees. As illustrated in the second table, there is a consistent increase in the awarding of associate degrees, while maintaining a consistent representation of certificates and diplomas.

GTC Degree Graduates

Source: KMS#DC109 "

Given Gwinnett Tech’s mission of developing opportunities for its students, the College has maintained very high overall placement rates (in green) and successful in-field (i.e., blue) job placement rates. The second table provides a representative example of the companies where our students find employment.

GTC Graduate Job Placement

Employers of Recent Gwinnett Tech Graduates

Employers Of Recent GTC Students

Source: KMS#DC108, #DC145

Certification and Licensure

Students graduating from Gwinnett Tech also perform extremely well on certification and licensure examinations. Gwinnett Tech’s world-class faculty and instructors are intentional in their efforts to prepare students to succeed in realizing their post-Gwinnett Tech goals.

Program Certification & Licensure Pass Rates
FY2013 – AY2015

Program Level Certification/Licensure 2013 2014 2015 State/National Pass Rate
Cosmetology Diploma G. S. B. C. Cosmetology Board Examination 100% 100% 91% 96%
Emergency Medical Technician TCC N. R. E. M. T.  Emergency Medical Technician Exam 81% 92% 91% 86%
Medial Assisting Diploma A.A.M.A. Certified Medical Assisting (CMA) Certification 97% 85% * 68%
Paramedicine AAS & Diploma N. R. E. M. T. Paramedic Certification Exam & Paramedic National Registry (NPR) Exam 100% -- 100% 72%
Registered Nursing ADN National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) 87% 89% 96% 82%
Radiologic Technology AAS A. R. R. T. National Certification Examination for Radiographers 100% 100% * 90%**
Respiratory Technology AAS Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) -- -- 100% 75%
Surgical Technology AAS N.B.S.T.S.A. Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam 100% 100% 100% 70%
Veterinary Technology AAS A.A.V.S.B. Veterinary Technician National Exams (VTNE) 94% 100% 100% 76%
*2015 test scores were not released prior to publish date
**5-Year National average pass rate.

Source: Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness "