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Delta donates $500,000 to Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Delta Air Lines has made a large contribution to Gwinnett Technical College's Legacy of Lives Campaign, an initiative that unites business, healthcare and civic leaders to support the education and training of healthcare professionals.

Delta's $500,000 donation helps establish a nursing professorship endowment to support the college's growing registered nursing program.

"Delta believes in supporting the communities where we live and work to create positive local and global change," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of community and public affairs for Delta Air Lines. "Delta Force for Global Good is committed to improving global wellness through health initiatives like the Legacy of Lives campaign right here in our hometown through partnership with Gwinnett Technical College."

Earnings from the endowment will underwrite an additional full-time faculty member for the nursing program, enabling the continued expansion of the program and increasing the number of graduates.

Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels said she was thankful for the donation.

"Delta's generous and far-reaching support of Gwinnett Tech reflects both their commitment to their hometown region and their global vision and understanding of the tremendous need for healthcare education," Bartels said.

Launched in 2009, Gwinnett Tech's nursing program graduated its first class in June 2011 and doubled in size with the acceptance of 60 students fall semester.

The college plans to expand its program to more than 180 students with the addition of an LPN to RN Bridge program and a Paramedic to RN Bridge program, both of which will be implemented in 2012.