In this file photo, students work in a microbiology lab at the Life Science building at Gwinnett Technical College.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- When it comes to post-secondary education in Gwinnett County, there are a wealth of opportunities. Locals seeking a career that requires a college education need look no further than their own county.
Nearly a dozen institutions make their home in Gwinnett County, offering a variety of choices for just about any career or trade one might want to pursue.
The Norcross-based institution offers diplomas in high school, college prep, specialized career and certification as well as associates, bachelors and master's degrees.
According to its website, Ashworth is "a worldwide leader in comprehensive, nationally accredited online education."
The college offers more than 115 career-relevant online programs.
Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, the institution aims for a "lifestyle-friendly curriculum that let you learn when, where and how you want."
For more information, visit www.ashworthcollege.edu, or call 1 (800) 957-5412.
Ashworth College is located at 6625 The Corners Parkway, Suite 500, Norcross.
Brenau University's Evening and Weekend College
Located in Norcross, the North Atlanta campus offers undergraduate degrees in the fields of education, interior design and business. In addition, masters degrees in occupational therapy and nursing are offered at the local campus.
Programs are designed for people who work, and classes are offered in an accelerated format.
According to its website, Brenau aims to "challenge students to live extraordinary lives of personal and professional fulfillment.
"As students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees or non-degree programs at Brenau campuses and online, each prepares for a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness."
For more information, visit www.brenau.edu or call (770) 446-2900.
Brenau University's North Atlanta Campus is located at 3139 Campus Drive, Suite 300, Norcross.
DeVry University Duluth Center
Located next to Gwinnett Place Mall in the Koger Center complex, DeVry University Duluth Center offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in some of today's fastest-growing career fields. In close proximity to Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, major financial institutions, and Atlanta's thriving business and high-tech community, DeVry University Duluth provides access to possible career opportunities in a wide variety of industries.
The Duluth Center offers spacious classrooms, a fully wired computer lab, and a commons area. Once enrolled at the Duluth Center, students may also take courses at Atlanta-area locations or online.
For more information, visit www.devry.edu or call (770) 381-4400.
Georgia Campus--Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Located in Suwanee, Georgia Campus--Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine aims to train students from Georgia and nearby southern states to practice osteopathic medicine and encourage them to locate locally upon completion of programs.
In total, enrollment at the college is projected at 687 for the 2011-2012 academic year, compared to 86 students in attendance when the campus first opened in 2005.
In total, 228 first year medical and pharmacy students at Georgia Campus-PCOM were presented their white coat jackets in November during a ceremony at the Gwinnett Center for the Performing Arts.
Georgia Campus--Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is located at 625 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee.
For more information, visit www.pcom.edu or call (678) 225-7500.
Georgia Gwinnett College
Still a new college, the institution continues to grow. Georgia Gwinnett College opened its doors on Aug. 18, 2006, as the nation's first four-year public college founded in the 21st century and the first four-year public institution created in Georgia in more than 100 years.
Since 2006, the college has grown from 118 students to nearly 8,000.
According to its website, the college aims to "provide access to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region."
For more information about Georgia Gwinnett College, visit www.ggc.edu, or call (678) 407-5000.
Georgia Gwinnett College is located at 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville.
The mission of Lilburn's Gwinnett College is to provide diploma and associate degree higher education programs.
"These programs of high quality are designed to prepare a diverse student population to meet the needs of employees in the legal, medical, and business fields."
"GC has its goal of preparing students academically, intellectually, personally, and professionally for successful careers and advancement.
With day and evening classes available, students can get associate's degrees in business, legal administrative and medical assisting.
Students can also become certified in accounting, massage therapy and computer operations.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettcollege.com or call (770) 381-7200.
Gwinnett Technical College
Since opening in 1984, the local technical college has sought to provide career-focused education and training that support economic and workforce development in the community.
During its history, Gwinnett Tech has expanded its campus to include a variety of new facilities, including the new life sciences center, the corporate training center, environmental horticulture center, the computer training facility and the George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development.
For more information, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu or call (770) 962-7580.
Gwinnett Technical College is located at 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University's Gwinnett County location at 3555 Koger Blvd., has served the educational needs of adult learners in Atlanta for more than 30 years, offering bachelor's degree programs for working adults.
Based in Florida, the Duluth satellite of this Catholic university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in several subjects such as criminal justice, teaching and business administration.
Rooted in the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition, the University seeks balanced growth in mind, body and spirit for all members of its community.
According to its website, Saint Leo University aims to create a "student-centered environment in which love of learning is of prime importance.
For more information, visit www.saintleo.edu
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
The local satellite of University of Georgia aims to be "a highly accessible and vibrant center of advanced learning for non-traditional and working professionals in greater Atlanta and northeast Georgia."
The campus offers 11 master's degrees, four educational specialist degrees, three doctoral programs and three graduate certificate programs.
The full-service campus facility offers IT support, student affairs, a library, UGA Bookstore, security guards, 21 state-of-the-art programs, 60,000 square feet of learning space and computer labs.
The campus is located at 2530 Sever Road, Lawrenceville.For more information, visit http://gwinnett.uga.edu or call (678) 985-6800.
University of Phoenix Gwinnett Learning Center
The University of Phoenix Gwinnett Learning Center in Duluth caters to adults who need to balance their educational needs with professional and family commitments.
It's facilities are focused on those who are considering changing jobs or want to advance within their current company, or are considering going back to school to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
The local University of Phoenix location largely focuses on business and nursing degrees, but it also offers degree programs in technology, psychology and criminal justice.
The campus is located at 2470 Satellite Blvd., Duluth.
For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu or call (678) 731-0555.