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Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) have formed a strategic alliance to greatly enhance the educational experience for the college’s students through access to TAG’s technology-focused programming, resources and networking opportunities.
The alliance is the first of its kind in Georgia, and thought to be the first in the nation. It will create a wide variety of opportunities for students seeking a technology-based career in a broad spectrum of industries. This partnership supports efforts to develop and retain a qualified workforce to meet high demands for Georgia’s fastest-growing and most dynamic range of disciplines, impacting virtually all industries.
“By partnering with TAG, our students will have access to a rich resource that will add tremendous value to their educational program, expand their exposure to professional environments, and give them a jump start on their careers,” said Lonnie Harvel, GGC’s vice president of educational technology. “TAG’s programming will extend our students’ learning opportunities beyond the classroom, and increase the marketability of their degrees.”
TAG is a 10,000-member industry advancement organization dedicated to educating, uniting, and informing the Georgia technology community. With nearly 30 profession-specific societies and special interest groups, as well as large award programs like the Georgia Technology Summit and the Excalibur Awards, TAG recognizes and works with companies using innovation to gain a competitive advantage. It also has technology-focused initiatives in government relations, and K-12 education.
“We are very excited to join GGC in this unique partnership,” said Melanie Brandt, TAG’s chief operating officer. “Georgia Gwinnett College is an inspirational institution with an energizing mission and truly visionary leaders. Expanding our programs and services to GGC’s students, along with their faculty and staff, gives us an opportunity to be innovative with how we continue to define and approach achieving our mission, as well as help GGC achieve its mission.”
Key to the partnership is the automatic membership in TAG for all GGC students and employees. With membership comes access to all TAG meetings and members-only events, and discounts on all TAG training programs.
TAG has roughly 150 meetings and educational programs each year, and its societies represent industries ranging from manufacturing and health care to software and entertainment, and functions ranging from finance and international business to product management and information security. As part of the partnership, some of TAG’s programs will be held on the GGC campus.
In addition to the educational value of TAG’s programs, GGC students and faculty will have multiple opportunities to network and connect with leaders and executives representing various technology-based fields and industries.
While the program is primarily intended for students majoring in technical fields, all students can benefit from the TAG partnership. By extending TAG membership to GGC faculty, the alliance enables them to bring real-world applications of technology into the classroom, enriching the curriculum for all students.
“At GGC, the innovative use of technology is a fundamental part of what, and how, we teach,” said Harvel. “Technological competence is fundamental to future success. It is an integral part of every profession. Our alliance with TAG will provide our students access to an incredible spectrum of arenas where their technological skills may be challenged and grow.”
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