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Georgia Gwinnett College Celebrate Its 10th Anniversary

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In 2005, the Gwinnett community achieved its long-time goal of having convenient access to baccalaureate education when Georgia Gwinnett College was established in Lawrenceville.

The college is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2015 – and there is a lot to celebrate.

In 10 short years, GGC has become one of the largest colleges in the University System of Georgia and the ninth largest in the Atlanta area. It is the fastest-growing institution in the state, and has already achieved national rankings.

U.S. News & World Report ranked GGC as the #5 Southern regional public college in 2014 and as the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college, both public and private, among ranked institutions in 2015. The magazine also noted GGC as having the lowest in-state tuition and fees among ranked public colleges for 2014-15.

Because of its affordability and access mission, Georgia Gwinnett has made higher education possible for many students who otherwise would not have this opportunity. In fact, more than 40 percent of its students are the first in their families to go to college.

All colleges serve as economic engines, and GGC is no exception. It has generated about 1,000 campus jobs and more than 2,000 additional jobs in the community. Its cumulative documented economic impact on Gwinnett is almost $1 billion, the most recent study alone representing an impact of about $333 million for that year.

However, Georgia Gwinnett’s leaders points elsewhere to its greatest achievement – a transformative higher education experience that creates a brighter future for individuals, families and communities.

For a comprehensive timeline, photos, milestones, a calendar of 10th anniversary events and more, visit www.ggc.edu/ggc10.

CAPTION: Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) and Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), along with other members of the Gwinnett legislative delegation, recently presented Senate and House resolutions honoring GGC and its remarkable growth. Shown are (front row) Sen. P.K. Martin (R-Lawrenceville); GGC President Stas Preczewski; General; Senate Higher Education Chairman Fran Millar; (second row) Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth); Esteban Gonzalez, GGC class of 2016 – Snellville; Sen. Gloria Butler (D – Stone Mountain); (third row) Andrew Detherow, GGC class of 2018 – Stone Mountain; Usama Lakhani, senate intern and GGC class of 2015 – Atlanta; Dreyvis Perez, GGC class of 2016 – Lilburn; (back row) Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker); Marcelo Clavarino, GGC class of 2018 – Snellville; GGC Senior Associate Provost for Student Affairs Jim Fatzinger and Jerhvon Pearman, GGC class of 2018 – Americus; Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford).