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Gwinnett Tech to open 25-acre campus in Alpharetta
by Rachel Kellogg
October 01, 2012 12:42 PM | 6621 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia has approved the future purchase of about 25 acres of land in Alpharetta as the site for a new satellite campus of Gwinnett Technical College.

This property is located at the intersection of Old Milton Parkway and Ga. 400.

According to Dana K. Urrutia, a spokeswoman for the school, the property is on the west side of Ga. 400 and is across the street from the new Avalon development.

The board approved the recommendation from Gwinnett Tech’s North Fulton County Site Selection Committee at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said at Monday night's city council meeting that the college will be the 20th member of the city's new technology commission.

“We knew [having the college] would be particularly valuable to Alpharetta for workforce education opportunities as we look to retain many of the companies that we have” and “recruit additional companies,” he said. “There were a lot of reasons to think this would be a good match.”

The college opened an Indication of Interest for the North Fulton County Campus Site Selection in May, and this recommendation is the result of that process. Gwinnett Tech’s service area was expanded to include north Fulton County in June 2010.

Other cities considered for the campus site were Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Roswell.

“We believe we’ve identified an ideal location in our north Fulton County service area for our future campus — a site that provides both needed capacity and is convenient and accessible for area residents. We now look forward to the next steps in this process and the ultimate approval and purchase of the property,” said Sharon Bartels, president of Gwinnett Tech.

The recommended purchase will now be submitted to the State Property Commission for approval, with the transaction ultimately closed by the State Attorney General’s office. The expected timeline for both actions to be completed is between six to nine months.

The 25-acre recommended site can support four three-story buildings and necessary parking. When fully built out, the campus could serve up to 10,000 students.

Discussions between Gwinnett Tech leadership and north Fulton employers will continue to determine which college credit programs and Continuing Education courses will be offered to support both short-term training needs and future employment demands.

While these discussions are underway, the college will continue to offer focused training through online degree programs, Continuing Education courses and Adult Education programs in north Fulton.

Gwinnett Tech has been offering selected Continuing Education programs like Building Operator Certification and a Patient Care Technician course in north Fulton, to strong response, for more than a year.

The Adult Education program at Gwinnett Tech offers day and evening ESL classes and GED preparation classes in north Fulton County. More than 250 residents are currently being served through Adult Education classes at the former Milton High School.

Gwinnett Tech offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less.

Information: or (770) 962-7580.

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