GGC Day at the capitol launches 10th anniversary celebration
What better way to kick-off “GGC10” than where it all began.
In January of 2005, Senate Resolution (SR) 33 “approving the creation of a new four-year college in Gwinnett County by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia,” began moving through the legislative process. On May 10, 2005, then-Governor Sonny Perdue put pen to paper, creating an institution that soon would be named Georgia Gwinnett College.
Today, when the gavel sounded the opening of the legislative day, Georgia Gwinnett students and administrators from the now 10-year-old institution were there to kick-off the “GGC10” celebration on behalf of the entire GGC community.
Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth) and members of the Gwinnett Senate delegation, and Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) along with the Gwinnett House delegation presented Resolutions honoring Georgia Gwinnett College respectively to GGC President Stas Preczewski.
“It is my privilege on behalf of the Gwinnett Senate delegation to recognize Georgia Gwinnett College,” said Sen. Shafer. “Since 2005, the college has been transforming lives, bettering our communities and state, and shining the way for other institutions of higher learning.”
The resolutions acknowledged that GGC is the first four-year college founded in the 21st Century as well as the fact that the institution has gone from zero to nearly 11,000 students since its founding.
“To say that Georgia Gwinnett College is a dynamic institution actually is an understatement,” said Preczewski. “Over the course of just 10 short years, GGC built upon the efforts of a handful of strong visionaries to establish what has become a nationally recognized, innovative model for 21st century higher education. From the beginning, GGC was deliberately progressive and took strategic steps that now uniquely define our future.”
GGC is ethnically and intellectually diverse. The college literally was built from the ground up to facilitate individual student success – no matter the level of academic preparation, learning style, work schedule or financial barrier. The success of individual GGC students and their families translates into success for the region, state and beyond.
Now the ninth largest college in the Atlanta area and still the fastest growing institution in the state, GGC places student enhanced learning experiences and college completion at the core of its mission. A world-class teaching and mentoring faculty coupled with strong student support initiatives fuel the culture of student engagement that has quickly become the GGC hallmark.
“Georgia Gwinnett is not just about numbers and growth, but it is about the lives that have been transformed through an educational institution that has grown up alongside its students,” said Preczewski. “A product of Gwinnett County for Gwinnett County and the region, GGC was created by those who knew best the needs of its citizens and its economy.”
GGC is a strong economic driver in the region and currently employs nearly 1,000 people. On average, for each job on campus, there are two off-campus jobs that exist because of spending related to the institution.
“This celebration will serve as the perfect transitioning point as we move from a growth model to a sustainment model,” said Preczewski. “The institution is launching a strategic planning process that will shape the institution as it nears its enrollment of 13,000.”
GGC has changed the educational landscape in Gwinnett County and beyond. A reflection of this vibrant and progressive region, GGC recently was recognized by U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) magazine as the most ethnically diverse college in the South, among both public and private.
GGC has brought affordable and convenient educational opportunities to the highly populated Gwinnett region. The college’s tuition rate of $118 per credit hour is lower now than when the college opened its doors. USN&WR recognized GGC as having the lowest in-state tuition and fees among ranked public colleges for 2014-15. Its access mission has made higher education possible for many students who otherwise would not have this opportunity.
Over the course of the year, a series of GGC10 events and activities will take place with the goal to pay tribute to the past and poise the institution for the future successes. The GGC10 Web site — www.ggc.edu/ggc10 — went live today and features the history of the institution, a comprehensive timeline with photos, a list of milestones, a calendar of events and more.
“This college’s unique mission and vision will continue to transform lives, families and communities for generations to come,” said Preczewski.
Image caption: Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Day at the Capitol and the official kickoff of GGC10 was certainly something to rally around for GGC’s mascot “General” and others who were in attendance on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, for the adoption of the Senate Resolution celebrating the college’s 10th anniversary. He is joined on the Senate floor by (front row) Sen. P.K. Martin (R-Lawrenceville); GGC President Stas Preczewski; General; Senate Higher Education Chairman Fran Millar; (second row) Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth); Esteban Gonzalez, GGC class of 2016 –Snellville; Sen. Gloria Butler (D – Stone Mountain); (third row) Andrew Detherow, GGC class of 2018 – Stone Mountain; Usuma Lakhani, senate intern and GGC Class of 2015 – Atlanta; Dreyvis Perez, GGC class of 2016 – Lilburn; (back row) Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker); Marcelo Clavarino, GGC class of 2018 – Snellville; GGC Senior Associate Provost for Student Affairs Jim Fatzinger, Jerhvon Pearman, GGC class of 2018 – Americus, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford).