On Sept. 17, GGC President Jann Joseph hosted a breakfast for Gwinnett mayors to strengthen partnerships between the college and the surrounding communities.
“At GGC the ‘G’ stands for ‘Georgia,’ and the next ‘G’ stands for ‘Gwinnett,'” President Joseph said. “This is just an opportunity to give the mayors a chance to meet and greet [and] a chance for them to talk about how they serve our community and how they serve our students and a chance for me to let them know that we appreciate what they do.”
The mayors included Judy Johnson of Lawrenceville, Barbara Bender of Snellville, and Mike Mason of Peachtree Corners, who is also a professor of economics at GGC, among others.
One of the major developments will include satellite classes.
“We can’t necessarily . . . have everybody drive to campus. The next piece is looking at the feasibility of offering classes in some of these cities, primarily in these new downtown environments,” President Joseph said.
Barbara Bender, mayor of Snellville, talked about bringing GGC classes to the downtown area.
“We’re hoping to partner more with Georgia Gwinnett College to bring classes to our downtown,” mayor Bender said. “We just signed a development agreement that will bring about an $85 million dollar investment to the city of Snellville for our town center,” which will include “about 250 apartments,” with plans to break ground next summer.
Talks of Creating a Dual-Enrollment Program
“We are considering things like starting our dual-enrollment program because we have so many high schoolers that have come to campus to take their dual-enrolled classes,” President Joseph said. “So the idea behind it is how do we take it into the community and all the high schools.”
Judy Johnson, mayor of Lawrenceville said that a new road will be built connecting downtown Lawrenceville to the college. “That’s the one thing we wanted to do is be able to connect and have the students have better access, and the faculty, to come downtown,” she said.
This was the first time GGC has hosted the mayors of Gwinnett, and the college plans to make it an annual event, with more detailed plans to follow.
“We can eventually have an agenda, have something specific, but for now, it was just a chance to connect, see what we have in common, and set the stage for how we can work together,” President Joseph said. “I want my presidency to be about full collaboration.”