Georgia Gwinnett’s campus community, now almost 10,000 students strong, has become tightly intertwined with its surrounding communities and region.
“The relationship between a college and its communities is multi-faceted and rich with mutually beneficial opportunities,” said Renee Byrd-Lewis, vice president for Advancement. “These connections enhance both the student educational experience and the impact the college has on the Gwinnett area.”
Beginning with its choice of degree programs, the college regularly involves community stakeholders in academic, program and advancement discussions. For example, members of the School of Business’ Board of Visitors, representing a broad spectrum of experience, serve as connectors, advocates and representatives of the school. The School of Health Sciences hosted several health care industry representatives at a presentation about the nursing program, which begins in fall 2014. Community and business leaders frequently appear as guest lecturers in the classroom, as well.
Beyond academics, colleges are centers of culture and vitality. As the college grows, so has its variety of activities, welcoming the community to campus, from receptions and intercollegiate competition to arts, academic presentations or alumni gatherings.
Grizzlies also participate in the broader community through special events, service projects and other activities. Some may be the result of class projects or student organization efforts, while others are in answer to community needs.
“Service is one of GGC’s four core values, and it is woven into the fabric of the institution and throughout the student experience. Often expressed through course work opportunities, community-wide service initiatives like Gwinnett Great Days of Service and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life are high value activities for students and the community,” said Byrd-Lewis. “Providing students with experiences that inspire them to be contributing citizens when they graduate is at the heart of GGC’s mission.”