Sean Murphy, Board Chair

“Gwinnett Tech has come into its own and the school is stepping up and meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Bioscience education is happening in Gwinnett County, and it’s at Gwinnett Tech. The school has a mission now to lead, not follow. And as an employer, I can tell you, I want to hire folks from Gwinnett Tech.”

-Sean Murphy, Past Chair, Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees

Donor Stories – Why I Give

Gwinnett Tech supporters come from many walks of life and backgrounds. Some were scholarship recipients themselves in their youth, and are committed to assisting today’s students who are striving to achieve their dreams. Gwinnett Tech Foundation donors not only invest their treasure in student success, but many are involved personally as mentors, classroom guest lecturers and serve on program advisory boards and other committees.

Honors & Awards

At the October 2019 State of the College Address, Dr. Cannon recognized the following individuals and groups for their dedication to supporting Gwinnett Tech and its students:

2019 Alumnus of the Year: Jason Moss

Alumnus of the Year - Jason Moss

Jason Moss, an Atlanta native, earned several certificates from Gwinnett Technical College in Computer-Aided Design. He has worked in the manufacturing industry as a CAD manager, owner of a marketing organization, and as a regional account manager. Committed to growing a more dynamic manufacturing community in Georgia, he launched the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, (GMA), located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, in 2008, where he serves as CEO.

Moss created Buy From Georgia to educate consumers on the importance of buying goods manufactured locally and publishes the Georgia Manufacturing Directory which identifies suppliers of products and services in Georgia.

Moss’ passion for serving others is evident through his volunteer work with Veterans Empower Organization, which provides housing and resources for veterans in transition. He also volunteers for APICS, the Association for Supply Chain Management. Moss has served as an adjunct instructor at Gwinnett Technical College, and is a huge proponent of the importance of technical education in the region’s economy.

Moss has created organizations to share his passion for buying local and improving manufacturing processes for over twenty years. Because of his commitment to local and Georgia manufacturing, he promotes Gwinnett Technical College among his peers and with regional business leaders.

When asked about Gwinnett Tech, Moss stated, ““ I do LOVE Gwinnett Tech. The education I received was exactly what I needed to begin my career in the CAD industry. Starting on AutoCAD Release 11, I took every CAD class that was offered through Gwinnett Tech and then became an instructor for AutoCAD Level 1 and 2. Using the skills that I learned in the CAD Certificate program, I was always in demand and held several CAD drafting positions with great companies. I eventually became an AutoCAD Software Sales Representative for North Georgia. This connection with the engineering and design community was the foundation for the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance that is now serving Georgia’s Manufacturing Community. I can’t say enough great things about my experience as a student of Gwinnett Tech.”

Distinguished Service Award: Northside Hospital

Freda Hardage

The Distinguished Service Award is designed to showcase past generosity, commitment and dedication to Gwinnett Tech Foundation, and to encourage future generosity and commitment. Corporate partnerships are essential to the success at Gwinnett Tech Foundation. Support from regional businesses, both financial, talent and in-kind, create winning programs and ensure student success at Gwinnett Technical College. Northside Hospital has been an invaluable partner for over twenty years, investing corporate funding, creating student clinical experiences and career opportunities for hundreds of Gwinnett Tech students and alumni. Gwinnett Medical Center, (GMC), which recently merged with Northside Hospital in August 2019, and Northside Hospital have played pivotal roles in Gwinnett Tech’s health and life sciences program support, curriculum development, and ultimately, student success. Leadership team members have served on Gwinnett Tech’s Board of Directors as well as Gwinnett Tech Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Employees from both GMC and Northside have served on program advisory boards; and, have been invaluable supporters of program development and support.

2019 Advisory Board of the Year: Business Management

The Advisory Board of the Year award recognizes volunteer board members’ hard work and dedication to serving Gwinnett Technical College through advisement of current employer job demands, updated curriculum and support of the College.

In 2019, the Business Management Advisory Board focused on creating a new strategic plan to realign the advisory board, including best practices of connecting with the business community to help secure jobs and internships for students, increase the number of board members and the number of meetings held during the year.

Each board member’s expertise was assessed to ensure their knowledge, skills and talents were best engaged for enrich the students’ experience at Gwinnett Tech. The speakers’ bureau was organized to include a workshop on LinkedIn which taught students the importance of creating a profile that could be maximized for the best networking results. The board also created a Society of Human Resource Management Chapter at Gwinnett Tech, which offers a host of resources including networking, internship and graduate placement opportunities.