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February 24, 2012
Delta Air Lines Donates $500,000 to Gwinnett Technical College
Gift to Legacy of Lives Campaign Creates Nursing Program Endowment
Delta Air Lines has donated $500,000 to the Legacy of Lives campaign at Gwinnett Technical College, establishing a nursing professorship endowment to support the college's growing registered nursing program.
The earnings from the endowment will underwrite an additional fulltime faculty member for the nursing program, enabling the continued expansion of the program and ultimately increasing the number of nursing graduates. GTC's registered nursing program, launched in 2009, graduated its first class in June 2011 and doubled in size with the acceptance of 60 students fall semester. The college will expand the program to over 180 students with the addition of an LPN to RN Bridge program and a Paramedic to RN Bridge program, both of which will be implemented in 2012.
"Delta believes in supporting the communities where we live and work to create positive local and global change," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president, Community and Public Affairs. "Delta's Force for Global Good is committed to improving global wellness through health initiatives like the Legacy of Lives campaign right here in our hometown through our partnership with Gwinnett Technical College."
Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives campaign unites business, healthcare and civic leaders to support the education and training of the healthcare professionals needed for the region. GTC's new Life Sciences Center, the focus of the campaign, is a vivid example of strong partnerships between business and education and the resulting quality of life benefits for the community.
"Delta's generous and far-reaching support of Gwinnett Tech reflects both their commitment to their hometown region and their global vision and understanding of the tremendous need for healthcare education. Delta President Ed Bastian, honorary chair of the Legacy of Lives campaign, and Delta's leadership team recognize the vital role healthcare plays in our lives and the call to educate and train the healthcare professionals our region will need in the immediate future," says GTC President Sharon Bartels.
Opened in August 2011, the three-story, 78,000-square-foot Life Sciences Center is dedicated to educating and training those life sciences and healthcare professionals. Over the next four years, the region will need to add 27,000 healthcare jobs to serve residents.
The new Center serves 3,000 students annually, enabling GTC to accept additional students and expand program offerings. With more than a dozen health sciences programs, Gwinnett Tech serves the state's highest number of health science students and now has more than 140,000 square feet in two buildings dedicated to health science education.
In addition to the nursing program expansion, GTC has already added new programs in health information technology, diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular technology and for patient care assistant. Six existing health science programs are also being expanded.
With support from leaders in healthcare, technology and the private sector, the Legacy of Lives campaign has raised over $30 million to date, about 60 percent of its $50 million goal. Nursing, one of the country's in-demand professions, has a high program cost due to essential equipment, low faculty-to-student ratio requirements and supplies. Providing healthcare education programming costs GTC three times more than traditional programs.
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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