New medical college celebrates opening

SUWANEE - Georgia's newest medical school, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus, is celebrating its first semester with two events this week.

The college will host a white coat ceremony today at 2 p.m. in which the college's first osteopathic medical students will receive their white coats. The traditional ceremony will symbolically mark their entrance into the medical field.

On Monday, the college will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. U.S. Rep. John Linder will deliver the keynote address. The college will host a reception immediately after, and attendees are invited to take tours of its facility.

Students officially started at the college on Aug. 10, when the 86-student inaugural class arrived on campus for orientation. The Georgia branch is an extension of the 100-year-old Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The college is located at 625 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee.

Gwinnett Tech to offer new program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College will be offering a new special certificate program starting this winter for individuals interested in furthering their networking skills.

The Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate program will provide students with the skills they need to design, build and maintain small and medium-sized local-area networks. It will also prepare students for the certification exams.

Students applying for the certificate must provide proof of either a minimum of two years experience in the networking field, a computer field certification, or a post-secondary diploma or degree in computer information systems.

Interested students are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in room 2.308 in Building 700 on the college's campus in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.