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Gwinnett Tech instructor honored

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College adjunct English instructor Cynthia Gregory was recently named the 2013 Nell Ann Pickett Award Winner, recognized by the Two-Year College English Association -- Southeast.

The award recognizes an adjunct instructor at a two-year college or technical school who submits an outstanding conference proposal.

As the award winner, Gregory was given a $550 stipend, a conference plaque and the chance to present her proposal about the online learning community with this year's TYCA -- SE conference in Greenville, S.C.

Victoria Seals, vice president of academic affairs, said Gregory is "an exceptional educator, and we're tremendously proud of her recent achievement."

Gregory has been teaching at Gwinnett Tech for six years. Her poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in many literary and regional magazines, and she has received a number of awards.

Agreement opens doors for Gwinnett Tech students

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College students who want to continue their education at a four-year college now have an easier pathway into Georgia private colleges.

The Georgia Independent College Association and the Technical College System of Georgia recently signed an agreement that could ease the way for technical college graduates to enter many four-year private colleges in Georgia.

"This is great news for our students who want to continue their education at one of Georgia's private colleges and underscores our efforts to encourage lifelong learning -- where adults may easily attend multiple institutions over the course of their career," said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels.

Based on a recent survey of other state higher education systems, the agreement is one of few credit transfer and admission acceptance arrangements of its kind in the nation, according to a news release from Gwinnett Tech.

Under the agreement, a TCSG student having a minimum 2.5 GPA for all academic work attempted at a SACS-accredited institution and an associate of applied science or associate of science degree from a TCSG institution will be admitted to participating GICA member degree-granting institutions.

Admission to the GICA-participating institution does not guarantee admission to specific majors or programs. Students must meet minimum admission requirements specific to select majors to be considered for admission.