Alpharetta will be the home for a satellite campus of Gwinnett Technical College with the approval of a purchase of approximately 25 acres of land at the intersection of GA 400 and Old Milton Parkway, it was announced today.
The Technical College System of Georgia board approved the recommendation from Gwinnett Tech’s North Fulton County Site Selection Committee at its Sept. 26 meeting. The recommendation process began in May with the opening of an indication of interest for the North Fulton County Campus Site. Gwinnett Tech’s service area was expanded to include North Fulton County in June 2010.
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“We believe we’ve identified an ideal location in our North Fulton County service area for our future campus – a site that provides both needed capacity and is convenient and accessible for area residents. We now look forward to the next steps in this process and the ultimate approval and purchase of the property,” said Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech, in the news release.
The site, which is at the southwest corner of GA 400 and Old Milton Parkway, now has to be approved by the State Property Commission for approval. It will be closed by the State Attorney General's office, and that process is expected to take 6-9 months.
Gwinnett Tech's news release said the 25-acre recommended site can support 4 three-story buildings and necessary parking. When fully built out, the campus could serve up to 10,000 students.
Discussions between Gwinnett Tech leadership and North Fulton employers will continue to determine which college credit programs and Continuing Education courses will be offered to support both short-term training needs and future employment demands.
Gwinnett Tech continues to offer focused training through online degree programs, Continuing Education courses and Adult Education programs in North Fulton.
Programs such as Building Operator Certification® and a Patient Care Technician course in North Fulton have met strong response for more than a year.
Additional information about the college’s Continuing Education courses is available from David McCulloch, 770-995-9697, or on the website at www.GwinnettTech.edu/ce.
The Adult Education program at Gwinnett Tech offers day and evening ESL classes and GED® preparation classes in North Fulton County. Additional information about the college’s Adult Education program is available from Stephanie Rooks, 678-226-6662, or on the website at www.GwinnettTech.edu.
More than 250 residents are currently being served through Adult Education classes at the former Milton High School. GTC is investigating other sites for Adult Education classes as well.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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