Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gwinnett Tech to Host Junior Achievement's College Pipeline Program

Gwinnett Technical College will host 100 students from Brookwood and Central Gwinnett high schools for a day on campus on October 30 as part of JA College Pipeline, a Junior Achievement of Georgia program.

While at Gwinnett Tech, students will attend learning sessions on admissions, career planning and financial aid as well as Junior Achievement workshops on working smart, goal setting and interviewing skills.

The schedule is designed to provide students with the latest information on attending college and the opportunity to observe campus life. Students will also tour Gwinnett Tech and have the chance to talk with and ask questions of college administrators and admissions representatives.

"We are delighted to welcome these students to campus," says Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Tech president. "The decision about what to do after high school is one of the most important choices we make – and the process can be daunting. We offer a host of resources and information at Gwinnett Tech to support students and help them make sound decisions about their education and career."

Jack Harris, President of Junior Achievement of Georgia, agrees. "The college application process can be overwhelming to high school students. The JA College Pipeline Program is intended to expose students to the educational options available to them, and to empower students with knowledge that will help them achieve their academic and career goals."

Providing students information on real world financial issues is also a part of the program. "According to the Jump$tart Coalition, colleges and universities lose a significant number of students to credit card debt. Recognizing this problem, two important components of the JA College Pipeline Program include discussing wise decision-making skills and how credit works," said Katiuska Delgado, Vice President of Education Operations for Junior Achievement of Georgia.

For more information about any of Gwinnett Tech's more than 140 program options, contact 770-962-7580 or visit www.gwinnetttech.edu
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