Gwinnett Tech Satellite Campus in North Fulton approved in FY 2013 budget

March 27, 2012

Project:  North Fulton Satellite Campus

Project Type:  Renovation

Total Square Footage:  259,136

Number of Student Served:  10,000 to 12,000 individuals annually at full capacity in credit programs, adult education, and continuing education with business and industry training

Project Description:  Acquiring an existing facility and renovation with LEED EB Certification

Projected Programming:
Adult Education
General Education
Early Childhood Education
Computer Information Systems Technology
Business Sciences
Public Safety
Sustainable Technologies (HVAC, Solar, etc.)
Criminal Justice
Health Sciences
Culinary Arts

(including general classrooms, large lecture halls, labs, specialized science rooms, administrative and academic areas, faculty offices, stock and equipment rooms, and common areas for students)

·    Increase in Service Delivery Area (SDA) to include North Futon (land area north of I-285)

·    One main campus and no satellite campuses in which to serve over 1M residents of Georgia

·    Service to nearly 23,000 people in FY10 through three educational delivery systems – adult education, credit, and continuing education

·    Major increase in enrollment over the last four years serving an additional 4,000 students bringing FY10 credit enrollment to 10,684 in Lawrenceville – campus is near capacity

·    Interim adjustments already made to attempt to serve the continued growth due to demand and parking limitations:

o    Opened the International Education Center, leasing 32,000 sq. ft within Gwinnett Place Mall, September of 2008
o    Moved English as Second Language offerings to five high schools and several community-based and religious locations, FY09 & FY10

·    Intense economic demands in SDA:
o    Encompasses one out of every five residents of Atlanta and one out of every nine Georgians
o    Incorporates over 35,000 businesses (Gwinnett- 21,000/North Fulton- 14,000) and the top 23 of 25 high tech firms
o    Houses nine major medical facilities – healthcare training in demand from an institution with a proven healthcare training record
o    Boasts large and growing populations (Gwinnett County – 53% increase, North Fulton – 77% increase)

·    Lack of an accessible technical college in the North Fulton area – heavy traffic patterns and high congestion in metro Atlanta makes attending a nearby technical college almost impossible

·    Growing concern from local businesses, community leaders, and the state of woefully inadequate technical education availability for the growing community of citizens in North Fulton

·    Intensely engaged community in the development of a satellite location

·    Necessary training needed for sustainability of the economic base and added vitality of this community and state

·    Need for Adult Literacy training (North Fulton  -15,000 residents who do not have a GED)

·    Cause for enriching the lives of students, increasing students’ lifetime income, generating more tax revenue for the state and federal government, reducing the demand for social services, and contributing to the growth of the state’s economy

Local Contributions:  The Gwinnett Tech Foundation in conjunction with the College is currently in a Major Capital and Operating Campaign to provide funding assistance for the North Fulton Campus. Funding for this project will involve a mix of funds- private, city, county and state funding.