Foundation donates up to $2 million to Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Scott Hudgens Family Foundation has pledged up to $2 million to Gwinnett Technical College to support and expand programs that train the health care and life sciences workforce for the region.

The Hudgens Foundation has donated $1 million to GTC's Legacy of Lives Campaign to establish the Life and Health Sciences Excellence Endowment Fund and Community Challenge Initiative, supporting enrollment growth and program expansion in health care, life sciences and emergency services.

A second $1 million gift from the Hudgens Foundation has been pledged as a challenge match opportunity to encourage other donors to establish endowments to support Gwinnett Tech's life science and health care programs. Once that support is realized, these funds will be added to the endowment fund to complete the gift.

"The Hudgens family continues the visionary legacy started by Scott Hudgens. The Scott Hudgens Family Foundation understands the challenges facing higher education in the funding arena and they recognize the tremendous role private support can play in ensuring student success and furthering economic development," says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. "We are again grateful for their leadership, their support of our Legacy of Lives campaign, and their encouragement to others to support our students and the needs of our region."

Gwinnett Tech has the largest number of life and health sciences program offerings in the state, with more than a dozen degree, diploma and certificate options in health care, life sciences and emergency services. Currently, more than 40 percent of all Gwinnett Tech students are enrolled in a health sciences program. The earnings from new endowments will provide needed funds to enable future enrollment growth, expansion of existing programs and the addition of new programs.

Gwinnett Tech Foundation board receives award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Board of Trustees of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation has been honored for "dedicated work and exceptional service" by the state Technical College Foundation Association.

The Gwinnett Tech Foundation board received the designation of "Role Model Board" by the TCFA during the Technical College System of Georgia's 2012 Leadership Conference late last month.

TCFA President David Strickland said that his association's Role Model Award is presented annually to state technical college foundations that demonstrate outstanding business practices and the highest level of commitment to their colleges and students. "I congratulate the foundations of Gwinnett Technical College and (fellow recipient) Lanier Technical College as our 2012 award winners and thank them for their many outstanding achievements during the past year," said Strickland.

The TCFA represents the 27 TCSG college foundations with over 600 trustees statewide.

Partnership for Excellence to visit Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College will be a stop on the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's 2012 Bus Trip Across Georgia on Tuesday, enabling more than 80 teachers, administrators and business and community leaders to learn about GTC's use of technology to boost student success.

GTC was one of only 10 public schools, among both K-12 and post-secondary, chosen for this year's 20th Bus Trip. The tour will stop at GTC's Lawrenceville campus at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Riders will be back on the bus for the next tour stop at 1 p.m.