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Gwinnett Tech sees 5.3 percent enrollment increase

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College continues to rank second among the state’s technical colleges and recorded more than 7,000 students who enrolled in the fall semester.

The number is a 5.3 percent increase since last year, and those students are also taking more hours. The 7,040 students have enrolled in 62,576 credit hours, a 4.3 percent increase year-to-year. The most popular programs are Healthcare Science, Networking Specialist, Business Management, Healthcare Assistant and Computer Programming, school officials said in a press release.

GTC has another enrollment date in October, and registration for a mini-mester, “Term C” begins Oct. 3, so enrollment could rise even more.

Enrollment numbers for the term may increase further as Gwinnett Tech has one more enrollment deadline later this fall. Registration for “Term C” – a mini-mester within the fall term – begins Oct 3. Classes start Oct. 10.

New this semester, the school started a “Weekend College” option, offering some courses on Friday evenings and Saturdays where 6 percent of students are enrolled. More weekend options will be available starting on Oct. 10.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to serve an increasing number of students as we prepare them to successfully enter or re-enter our region’s highly-skilled workforce,” Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels said in the release. “We believe our continued growth reflects our reputation with students for providing relevant career education and training, and our reputation with employers who are confident that our graduates are ready and able to meet the challenges of today’s workplace.”

Use of Georgia’s Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally program is up 23 percent from last fall as 2,305 students receive funding from the HOPE Grant for diploma and certificate programs. Earlier this year, the grade-point average required to maintain the HOPE Grant was returned to 2.0.

GTC officials said the school serves more than 21,000 students annually in college credit, continuing education and adult education programs.