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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GGC surpasses 5,500 spring semester enrollment goal

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Georgia Gwinnett College surpassed its 2011 spring semester enrollment goal of 5,500 students by more than 250, achieving a record enrollment of more than 5,700.

This figure represents an increase of more than 2,300 students over last spring's enrollment of about 3,400.

GGC continues an annual pattern of increasing enrollment from fall to spring semesters. Rarely does any institution within the University System of Georgia experience enrollment growth from fall to spring

"The college continues growing dramatically," GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said. "Our current student body is almost 50 times larger than our original enrollment of 118 in 2006."

Starting this academic year, GGC has become the college of choice for Gwinnett students, Kaufman said. More Gwinnett County high school graduates attend Georgia Gwinnett College than any other institution.

The college expects more than 8,000 students for this year's fall semester. The fall semester application deadline is June 17. Students wishing to enroll for the summer semester students must apply by April 1.

For more information, visit www.ggc.edu.

Gwinnett Tech names

2011 instructor of the year

Trudy Dunson, an instructor in Gwinnett Technical College's business management program, has been named the college's 2011 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education winner.

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education's most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide program since 1991 and the award recipients are technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

"I have found Trudy Dunson to be very knowledgeable about the subject of business management and eager to assist in the development of our students," said Victoria Seals, dean of academic affairs. "Her passion for life and for helping others makes her an excellent asset for GTC and for technical education."

Dunson has been an instructor at Gwinnett Tech for the past 10 years and a resident of Gwinnett County for 20 years. She holds an associate degree and a dual bachelor's degree in marketing and management from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from Clark Atlanta University.

Before entering the field of education, Dunson worked for several companies in various marketing and management positions, including M&M/Mars, Kimberly Clark Corporation and United Technologies.

Active on numerous academic committees at Gwinnett Tech, Dunson has worked to improve the quality of education for students. She is a current member of the American Society of Training and Development, the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals.

"Trudy is an exceptional educator as well as a fellow co-worker," Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels said. "She always goes above and beyond to teach students the necessary skills to be successful leaders in the work force. Her enthusiasm and commitment to teaching is contagious and she's an outstanding example of what makes working at GTC a joy."

Additional Gwinnett Tech Rick Perkins Award nominees include:

* Gary Carter, computer science instructor

* Theresa "T.C." Parker, surgical technology program director

* Kelly Spillman, psychology instructor

* John Thacher, web design program director

* Larry Wehunt, Toyota T-TEN program director

Primrose School hosts Family Dance-Off

Local preschools weren't just dancing the night away at Primrose School of Five Forks in Lawrenceville recently. They were helping to fight childhood obesity as part of Primrose Schools' second annual Family Dance-Off.

The national campaign invited families to submit 30-second dance videos to compete for cash prizes and a donation to their local Children's Miracle Network hospital.

"Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the country, but the Family Dance-Off can help Gwinnett families buck the trend," said Cami Nail, franchise owner of Primrose School of Five Forks. "Dancing is a fun, easy way for families to combat obesity risk, enjoy physical activity and spend quality time together."

The Dance the Night Away event on Feb. 18 encouraged local families to get moving and record their own dance videos for the national competition. DJs spun upbeat music while children and parents danced, twirled and snacked on healthy foods.

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