GTC serves over 22,000 students annually in credit, adult education and continuing education classes. Enrollment for Fall Quarter 2010 was 7,097. The college has now recorded 15 consecutive quarters – well over three years – of double-digit enrollment growth.
“The need for up-to-date, career-focused education and training has never been more relevant, and the recent economic challenges have certainly shown a spotlight on the value of technical education,”# says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. “Increasing numbers of students – of all ages – are turning to Gwinnett Tech to provide them the knowledge and skills they need for our changing workforce, particularly in high-demand fields like healthcare and IT.”#
Enrollment throughout the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has grown at a record pace over the last couple of years with the addition of tens of thousands of out-of-work and under-employed Georgians who are looking to learn new skills and retool for in-demand careers in today”s highly competitive job market.
The surge in student enrollment has earned Gwinnett Tech and fourteen other TCSG colleges the distinction of being among the fastest-growing public two-year colleges in the nation. Community College Week Magazine, in its November 29, 2010 issue, used U.S. Department of Education data to analyze enrollment increases between fall 2008 and fall 2009 at 1,058 public two-year colleges. The magazine then broke the rankings down into four categories based on institutional size.
Gwinnett Tech and four other TCSG colleges ranked on the list of the 50 fastest-growing two-year colleges with enrollments of between 5,000 and 9,999 students. Athens Technical College was number eight, followed by Central Georgia Technical College (9th), Griffin Technical College, which is now Southern Crescent Technical College (10th), Gwinnett Technical College (11th) and Savannah Technical College (22nd).