Gwinnett Technical College Leads State In Associate Degree Graduates
Gwinnett Technical College is the third largest of Georgia’s technical colleges, but that did not stop it from awarding more associate of applied science degrees than any of the other schools during the last academic year. More than 612 of these degrees were conferred in the 2015 academic year, an increase of 7.56 percent from the year before.
Overall, Gwinnett Technical College saw 2,089 graduates earn more than 4,000 technical certificates of credit, diplomas and associate degrees during that 12-month period. That was a 10 percent increase in total awards and 27.38 percent increase in total graduates.
“Through the use of vigilant advisement, the Degree Works graduation audit tool, and incredibly driven graduation staff, we are seeing this increase as a success that we look forward to continuing to improve,” said Gwinnett Tech Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Julie Post. “This has been coupled with outstanding faculty and institutional drive to improve on retention and completion at every turn.”
Graduation from college means better career opportunities, stability and accomplishment, according to researchers. A study by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce found that nearly two thirds of all jobs require post-secondary education. Students graduating from technical colleges like Gwinnett Tech are prepared for in-demand careers that range from healthcare and business to services and technology according to Gwinnett Technical College President Dr. Glen Cannon.
"Today post-secondary education is the real key to attaining economic opportunity,” said Cannon. “We have a responsibility to our students to provide them with the best education possible to answer the needs of business and industry in our community.”
Currently Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 program areas for students at the associate degree, diploma and certificate levels. These career-focused programs are taught by leading industry professionals both at the college’s campus in Lawrenceville and online. In January, the college is opening its second campus in the Alpharetta-North Fulton area. In addition to academic programs that result in college credit, continuing education and adult education literacy programs are also available. Applications are now being accepted for Spring Semester, which starts January 6.