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Gwinnett Tech construction receives donation

Students in Gwinnett Technical College's residential construction program will have a new tool in their box starting this month, thanks to a software donation from Takeoff Live, a Marietta-based software company engaged in the development of software which aids in the productivity of construction estimating

Takeoff Live is a software program that aids in construction estimating. The application performs a process known as "digital takeoff." The term "takeoff" refers to the process of measuring areas on blueprints and taking them off of the plans, to be put into a notepad, spreadsheet or estimating program. It is a function that almost every construction company, regardless of size, performs often.

Until recently, the process had to be done manually or with a digitizer -- both slow and expensive processes. The Takeoff Live software automates the process and is specifically designed for the smaller contractor -- about 90 percent of construction firms -- making it extremely relevant to Gwinnett Tech students.

"Students with experience in this technology will be at the head of the line when the construction job market rebounds. They will be the most qualified," said Kenny Adkins, program director for residential construction at Gwinnett Tech. "As a project manager today, you simply cannot do anything without the proper technology tools. PM's are overloaded and tools like Takeoff Live give them an edge in speed and accuracy."

Gwinnett Tech launches online certificate program

Gwinnett Technical College is launching a new, online Clinical Research Professional certificate option as part of the college's bioscience program. The program begins this month.

Gwinnett Tech has offered a traditional, yearlong, face-to-face Clinical Research Professional certificate program for almost five years. The curriculum was designed and is continually updated by a board of clinical researchers in metro Atlanta and is taught by experienced researchers and content area experts. The program is a balance of practical and theoretical skills, including procedures, regulatory affairs, technical writing, bioethics and the history of clinical research, and research design and statistics.

Lasting 40 weeks, the fully online program will cover the same material in a virtual workplace format, including live online interaction with professionals in the field. This program will prepare students for entry-level clinical research positions, as well as enable experienced clinical researchers to deepen their knowledge of the field. The course also helps students prepare for the Association of Clinical Research Professional's CRC certification exam.

"Students with clinical backgrounds, such as in nursing or respiratory care, or certified medical assistants are great candidates for this program, but we have also had excellent success placing graduates who are not clinicians," said Robert Powers, program director of the clinical research program.

Admission is open to applicants with a minimum of an associate's degree. Health care experience is preferred.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.