Expanding Student Internships, Apprenticeships, and Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Gwinnett Tech enrolls more than 13,000 students each year in over 140 degree and certificate programs. Yet, less than half of these programs include work-based learning coursework that provides students with opportunities to gain experience in actual work environments.
Employers increasingly look for graduates who bring the tangible experience of having applied principles learned in the classroom into actual workplace settings through internships and similar learning experiences. They seek students who have mastered vital employment skills, including effectively communicating with customers, independently solving problems, meeting crucial deadlines and leading teams toward achieving set goals. Employers are particularly impressed with graduates who have honed these skills.
Launch Pointe serves as a one-stop resource for work-based learning and career development – linking graduates with employers and future employers with a pipeline of talent. Working with both large and small business employers, Launch Pointe develops internships that match students with training opportunities that align with their programs of study to further enhance their classroom instruction and support academic learning outcomes.
Additionally, these internships serve as a fertile training ground for aspiring student entrepreneurs by providing exposure to sound business principles and work ethics. Launch Pointe will provide access to resources designed to support students on their paths to building and launching their own businesses.
Once fully established, Launch Pointe will target small business owners from the College’s alumni to provide access to a host of services and resource organizations, helping to sustain their ongoing growth while providing additional internship opportunities to students.
Launch Pointe serves several key audiences, including:
- Students seeking work-based internships and apprenticeships within businesses that align with their programs of study;
- Businesses within the College’s service delivery area that seek to establish internships and apprenticeships;
- Academic deans, program directors and faculty seeking employer partners to help expand internship coursework within their respective programs;
- Budding student entrepreneurs seeking to develop and launch their own businesses; and
- Gwinnett Tech alumni who own small businesses and are in need of assistance and support.
Companies engaged in internships with Gwinnett Tech since January 2018 include:
- Advanced Urology, AGCO, City of Alpharetta, Team Uniform Orders, TSI Solutions, Peach State Federal Credit Union, Marriott, Rocket IT, e2e Resources, Integricom, Gate 85 CID, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, ATG Work, Commdex, Fischer Connectors, View Pointe Health, Doosan, Holtkamp Heating and Air, Horizon Software, Jackson EMC, Actemium, Commercial Casework Industries, Gwinnett Medical Center (IT), Right Fitz Staffing, Revved Up Kids, Spectrum Autism Support, Thomas Eye Group.
Companies that hired Gwinnett Tech students, full time, through Launch Pointe, since January 2018:
- Asbury Automotive, Gwinnett Community Bank, Shumate Mechanical, Salas O’Brien
World of Construction
Georgia’s construction industry workforce is experiencing a 61,000 workforce shortage. To help meet this need, Gwinnett Technical College’s Construction and Trades Division is planning a renovation of laboratory space at the Lawrenceville campus. The renovation will create a new explorative and interactive education environment for construction and trades students by reintroducing the space as “The World of Construction”, enhancing the space and program offerings.
To support the World of Construction, please visit our DONATE page.
Alpharetta-North Fulton Campus
Gwinnett Tech’s new campus in Alpharetta-North Fulton opened in January 6, 2016.
2875 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA, 30009-2230
The 25-acre campus site is located at the intersection of Georgia 400 and Old Milton Parkway.
This first campus building houses three stories and approximately 95,000 square feet, offering both classrooms and administrative offices. The building has 35 classrooms, including several Technology Enhanced Active Learning rooms, seven computer labs, three science labs, a library, bookstore, two 75-seat lecture halls, a Learning Success Center and study areas on all three floors, plus offices for advising, financial aid, and recruiting.
Initial concentrations are in Computer Sciences (Computer Programming, Game Development, Information Security Specialist, Internet Specialist/Web Site Design, Networking Specialist), Health and Life Sciences (Health Information Management Technology, Patient Care Technician), Education (Early Childhood Education), Business (Accounting, Logistics, Criminal Justice Technology, Business Management, Marketing Management, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management).
This is the first of three buildings planned for the North Fulton Campus. When completed, it is anticipated the campus could serve up to 10,000 students.