December 10, 2013LAWRENCEVILLE -- The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has selected Gwinnett Technical College as one of four finalists for the 2013 Perdue Award, the highest honor that can be awarded to a member college in the Technical College System of Georgia.
Each year, the TCSG State Board evaluates the state technical colleges for the Perdue Award using almost two dozen performance categories, including enrollment in technical and adult education programs, student retention and graduation rates, licensure pass rates, economic development measures, national awards, and administrative efficiencies.
"I want to congratulate President Sharon Bartels and the faculty, staff and students of Gwinnett Tech on their well-deserved honor for being a finalist for the 2013 Perdue Award for the TCSG College of the Year. The members of the State Board of the TCSG have great respect for Gwinnett Tech and thank everyone at the college for their outstanding dedication to the success of their students," said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson.
The board named Gwinnett Tech, Augusta Technical College, Columbus Technical College, and Ogeechee Technical College finalists for the award, and selected Savannah Technical College as the system's College of the Year last week.
"We are committed to helping our students improve their lives and reach their goals by providing them a relevant and in-demand college education that leads to a rewarding career. We're gratified that the hard work and commitment of our faculty and staff and the dedication of our students earns us a place among these high-preforming colleges," said Bartels.
The TCSG College of the Year Award is named in honor of former Governor Sonny Perdue, who was a strong supporter of Georgia's technical colleges and their mission to develop the state's workforce through world-class technical and adult education programs.
Now the state's second largest technical college, Gwinnett Tech serves more than 21,000 students annually in college credit, adult education and continuing education programs. For the last four years, Gwinnett Tech has awarded the state's highest number of associate degrees, while the college's Fall Semester 2013 enrollment reached a record 7,180 students. Gwinnett Tech will break ground on a new campus in North Fulton County in 2014, expected to open in January 2016.
GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.