Gwinnett Technical College’s Enrollment Hits Record-Breaking High
GWINNETT - NORTH FULTON – For the third semester in a row, Gwinnett Technical College has recorded the highest enrollment numbers in the College’s 33-year history. This fall, more than 8,400 students across the region are filling classrooms for exciting educational programs and career opportunities.
Fall semester 2017 recorded a 13% boost in enrollment over a year ago. This past spring, the College saw a 14% jump in enrollment over the previous spring enrollment. In fact, for the 2016-2017 academic year, Gwinnett Tech had a record enrollment of more than 11,000 students with more than 2,000 graduates.
Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Tech, attributes this surge in enrollment to a few key factors:
- Opening of new and expanding academic programs designed to feed high demand careers such as engineering, cybersecurity, computer programming, business and accounting, criminal justice, early childhood education, welding and respiratory care.
- Increased awareness about programs and support services for Veterans and their families. The College’s Office of Veterans Affairs earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation and ranked 19 in the nation on the 2017 Best Colleges for Vets
- A dramatic increase in the number of North Fulton and Gwinnett county high school students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment This fall semester, 1,218 high school students from public, private and home schools across the community are enrolled in Gwinnett Tech, while in high school, taking classes both online and on campus. The College is on track to enroll more than 1,500 high school students for 2018 spring semester.
Dr. Cannon says, “Clearly, many across our community are seeking the affordable, flexible, experiential learning environment that Gwinnett Tech offers. We are constantly working to respond and deliver the educational programs that meet the real-time needs of our community. Our faculty and staff are diligent and dedicated to offering a career-focused education for real-world jobs.”
The College now offers more than 140 different associate degree, diploma and certificate programs expanding programs to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s job market. Recently, the College launched new programs for Certified Nursing Assistant and Central Sterile Processing to meet the needs of the local healthcare industry. A new partnership with Mercedes-Benz USA debuted this semester as a one-of-a-kind automotive technology program supporting the needs of Georgia’s growing automotive industry. The College also expanded the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program to the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus to help meet the demand for skilled EMTs and paramedics in Metro Atlanta.
Dr. Cannon stresses that Gwinnett Tech’s focus on superior academic quality and student success is another key growth catalyst. Cannon proudly states, “Many of our programs are ranked in the top ten academic programs in the nation.” He continues, “One of the biggest measures of our commitment to student success is the College’s 99% job placement rate.” Gwinnett Tech also works to help students continue their education beyond a two-year degree, now offering 37 transfer agreements with other academic institutions across Georgia.
Gwinnett Tech offers the community an opportunity to explore the campus through weekly tours and information sessions. Information sessions are hosted on the Lawrenceville campus Mondays at 11 a.m. and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Campus tours are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons following the 2:30 p.m. information sessions. Visitors are also welcome to information sessions on the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and by appointment. Those interested in tours and information sessions may call Gwinnett Tech’s Recruitment Center at 678-226-6751 to register.