Gwinnett Tech honored by Regional Commission

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College has been honored for its community partnership with the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board, recognized at the recent Atlanta Regional Commission’s annual awards luncheon.

Gwinnett Tech partners with the Regional Workforce Board to increase the work force competitiveness of the region’s youth, unemployed and dislocated workers. This objective is met through the Workforce Investment Act program that covers tuition and books for these individuals who complete their chosen program within two years, according to a news release.

More than 330 students are enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act program at Gwinnett Tech, the largest training provider for the Regional Workforce Board.

The program requires all enrolled students take a Work Ready assessment to graduate from the program. This free, skill-based assessment tests students on reading, math and locating information, and certifies to employers that the job candidate is indeed work ready. To date, the Work Ready program has tested more than 8,500 people and granted more than 6,000 certificates.

Also honored at the luncheon were Romano Gulisao, a Gwinnett Tech networking specialist and information security student, and Jennifer Hedges, a bioscience technology student. They were recognized for their outstanding performance in the WIA program. Gwinnett Tech staff members Brenda Beverly, Laura Price and Pat Fawbush were also recognized for their contributions to the program’s success.

Additional recognition went to Ann Sechrist, director of economic development for Gwinnett Tech, who directs GTC’s Work Ready effort, including job profiles and assessments. Sechrist also serves as a team leader for the Georgia Digital Entertainment Media Work Ready Region and as a team member of the Innovation Crescent Implementation team.