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Foundation donates $50K to Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia has given the Gwinnett Tech Foundation a $50,000 donation to support the Legacy of Lives capital campaign for the college’s new Life Sciences Center.

The gift from the Foundation, disbursed over five years, will be used to equip the Nursing Skills Suite in Gwinnett Tech’s Life Sciences Center with exam beds and nursing station technologies. Additionally, the Center’s microbiology classroom will be named for the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia.

“Gwinnett Tech consistently serves the greater good of the community and the county, and the Legacy of Lives campaign is another strong example of this. We’re proud to help support the new Life Sciences Center and the positive impact this center of learning and innovation will have on our region,” said Judy Waters, executive director of the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia. “Our partnership with Gwinnett Tech began 25 years ago, and as our endowments grow, we’ll continue that partnership. Gwinnett Tech has always offered much to the business community of this great county.”

The Legacy of Lives campaign supports the education and training of health care professionals for the area through the construction of the Gwinnett Technical College Life Sciences Center and expansion of the college’s existing health care and life sciences program offerings, according to a news release.

When complete in the fall, the three-story, 78,000-square-foot center will serve 3,000 students. Currently, nearly 43 percent of Gwinnett Tech students are enrolled in one of the college’s health science programs.

“The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia is a long-term supporter of Gwinnett Tech and has been the lead donor for many of GTC’s most important initiatives and expansions,” said Mary Beth Byerly, executive director of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. “The Foundation’s donation to the Legacy of Lives campaign will help us provide high-wage job training in the health care industry, an investment that will enhance economic sustainability for our graduates, their families and ultimately, the community.”

In the past, the Community Foundation has also provided funding for the D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center on the Gwinnett Tech campus, the Learning Success Center and the Gwinnett Advancement Program.