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It”s a Packed House at Gwinnett Tech!

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Fall Quarter enrollment sets record; Classes start with 25 percent more students than last year

Gwinnett Technical College started fall classes today with a full house, welcoming 6,719 students – a record number – as fall quarter begins. Compared to the same quarter last year, enrollment is up 25 percent, with 1,331 additional students attending class.

Enrollment at GTC has been growing at a consistent and rapid rate for well over two years now, with 11 consecutive quarters of double digit enrollment growth.

"We expected our growth trend to continue, especially for fall quarter which is traditionally strong, and planned accordingly," explains Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. "However, this increase was beyond even our early expectations. We”re gratified to be able to meet our community”s need for accessible, affordable and relevant higher education at this expanded level."

The physical signs of growth are evident throughout campus, from construction on new parking areas and a campus circumference road to the upcoming ground breaking for the new Life Sciences Building later this quarter. Last Friday, GTC administrators and faculty welcomed the college”s first class of associate degree nursing students for a day-long orientation.

College administrators report large increases in the number of students taking core college courses, such as English, math, science and humanities. Within specific programs, GTC reports significant increases in:

  • Health Sciences
    68 percent increase

  • Computer Simulation/
    Game Developer
    55 percent increase

  • Internet Specialist/Web Design
    50 percent increase

  • Networking Specialist
    38 percent increase

  • Early Childhood Education
    36 percent increase

  • Environmental Horticulture
    28 percent increase

  • Criminal Justice
    26 percent increase

  • Computer Sciences
    25 percent increase

  • Business Administrative
    Technology
    25 percent increase

  • Accounting
    24 percent increase

  • Air Conditioning Technology