Armendariz is GGC’s 1000th graduate

Jose Armendariz and Kevin Jones holding trophy

Joe Armendariz shown with fellow 2013 graduate Kevin Jones with the national championship trophy for database design from the 2013 national conference of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. 

During this Friday’s spring commencement ceremony, Georgia Gwinnett College will celebrate the graduation of its 1000th student since opening its doors in 2006. This year’s graduating class includes more than 270 students.

Jose “Joe” Armendariz, 47, enrolled in 2011 as a non-traditional transfer student in pursuit of a BS in information technology with a minor in business administration. After seven semesters at GGC, he is prepared to join the workforce.

“I have already been offered and accepted a position as associate software engineer at one of the largest accounting software firms in the world,” said Armendariz. “I attribute my positive experience at GGC to its excellent professors, smaller class size and individualized attention from the faculty.”

While at GGC, Joe was a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and vice president of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), an honor society for computer scientists. He was on the President’s List six times and the Dean’s List once with a GPA of 3.97.

Most recently, he and fellow 2013 graduate Kevin Jones won the heavily coveted first place trophy in database design at the 2013 national AITP conference, earning Georgia Gwinnett its first national championship.

“While being identified as our 1000th graduate was basically a stroke of luck, it is not luck that enabled Joe to achieve so much during his time at GGC,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “Joe is a shining example of how non-traditional students can transform themselves and their lives through higher education, no matter their age.”

The application deadline for GGC’s 2013 fall semester is June 1.

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