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Gwinnett Tech: Growth up for quarter
Enrollment rises for 7th consecutive period

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the seventh consecutive quarter, Gwinnett Technical College's enrollment has grown by double digits.

The college's fall quarter enrollment was 5,365, an increase of 11 percent over the same period last year, according to a news release.

Gwinnett Tech also saw an increase in new student applications, up 57 percent over the same period last year. Applications from recent high school graduates rose 54 percent over the 2007 fall quarter, and first-time student enrollees to Gwinnett Tech increased 9 percent.

"We're continuing to see very strong, very consistent enrollment growth and great response to our career-focused education," Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels said. "Notably, in the most recent quarters, we're seeing more full-time students, more recent high school graduates and more credit hours taken.

"Certainly, in challenging economic times, the value of education and training takes on even greater importance," she added. "With hundreds of associate degree, diploma and certificate options, flexible scheduling, extensive online course offerings and affordable tuition, Gwinnett Tech is the perfect answer to students ready to launch a rewarding career - or even train for a new one."

The strongest enrollment increases were seen in the computer sciences, early education, health sciences, business and accounting and criminal justice programs, the news release states.