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Gwinnett Tech sees record enrollment

In this file photo, students work in a microbiology lab at the Life Science building at Gwinnett Technical College.

In this file photo, students work in a microbiology lab at the Life Science building at Gwinnett Technical College.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Enrollment numbers across the board have spiked at Gwinnett Technical College, and the fall semester figures reached record totals.

Gwinnett Tech’s enrollment increase of 7.4 percent was the largest in the state for the fall term, according to figures released by the Technical College System of Georgia. That brought Gwinnett Tech to 7,180 students registered for fall classes, an all-time high, and double the number it was in fall 2000. The college also noted a 5.7 percent increase in credit hours taken, officials said in a news release on Thursday.

The spring semester, which began on Jan. 6, also appears to be keeping pace as enrollment is projected to remain at about 7,000 students.

Specific categories of students, and the ways they pay for school, also rose.

The largest spike in students came from those who are dual-enrolled taking high school and college credit simultaneously. That’s now 142 students, up 173 percent.

Students using the Hope Grant or Hope Scholarship jumped 32.6 percent in the first term after the restored 2.0 grade-point-average requirement went into effect. The Hope program is used by 37.9 percent of students.

Pell Grants were used by 48.7 percent of students, a 9.9 percent spike in the fall. And students taking classes exclusively online rose 14.5 percent to 798. There are 4,357 students who take a hybrid class, which combines online and in-class instruction, which is up 24 percent.

Veterans are also enrolling at GTC in greater numbers as the college now serves 320 veterans, an increase of 23.5 percent over the previous fall term.