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Gwinnett Tech wins Imagination Award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College was recently named the Imagination Award winner at the Gwinnett Chamber's Partnership Gwinnett Community and Economic Development Summit.

In addition, college president Sharon Bartels was honored for her vision and leadership at the institution.

Gwinnett Tech was one of six award winners recognized at the Summit. The college's award sought to honor institutions that further education opportunities and workforce development.

Nick Masino, vice president of economic development for the chamber, presented Bartles with the award.

"The college has become a model of workforce development and career-focused education in Georgia," Masino said, adding that recent accomplishments included the Life Sciences Center and the establishment of the Life and Health Sciences Excellence Endowment Fund and Community Challenge initiative.

Bartels said being recognized is "so gratifying for our board members, donors, business partners and faculty...all of us at Gwinnett Tech are committed to teaching and equipping our students to become future leaders and progressive and productive members of the community's workforce."

Winners in all categories included the following:

-- Imagination: Gwinnett Tech and Eddie Owens, founder of Eddie Owens Presents

-- Innovation: ACGO Global and Jonathan Holmes, founding partner, Mighty 8 Media

-- Influence: 12 Stone Church and Marsha Bomar, senior principal of Stantec and Duluth City Council member