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GGC introduces gaming degree option

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College has introduced a digital media concentration with its information technology degree program, starting in fall semester 2012. The new concentration is a response to the growing video gaming and entertainment industry within Georgia and will offer students an in-depth study of emerging interactive styles in producing digitally mediated forms.

"The new digital media track is a unique interdisciplinary blend of information technology and fine arts. In addition to programming and technology courses, students will take coursework in art, drawing, film production, creative writing and music production," said Victor Lawson, GGC instructor of information technology and chair of the digital media team that developed the new program."

The new line of study aims to bolster Gwinnett County's fast-growing video gaming industry by helping to provide a ready-made work force for game-developing companies in Georgia.

"Gwinnett and metro Atlanta will benefit from this type of program, created specifically to support our existing base of technology companies as well as those we are currently recruiting through the economic development efforts of Partnership Gwinnett," said Nick Masino, senior vice president of economic development and Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

The application deadline for the 2012 fall semester at Georgia Gwinnett is July 2. For more information, visit www.ggc.edu.

GGC now enrolling international students

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has approved Georgia Gwinnett College's request to enroll international students beginning in fall 2012.

With a waiting list of more than 150 interested students, college staff expect to enroll about 100 students from other nations according to Anthony Pinder, director of GGC's office of internationalization.

"Because the Gwinnett area is very diverse and includes many residents from other nations, we have received a large number of inquiries from people who have family members interested in coming to the U.S. and specifically, GGC, for their higher education," Pinder said.

The college recently appointed Cheryl Park as assistant director of international student support services. Park is responsible for assisting F-1 international students through the initial application and admission process and advises students on visa-related issues once enrolled.

In addition, she will facilitate international students' smooth transition into the U.S. higher education environment by providing opportunities for them to engage the GGC community in cultural learning programs.