Kemp visits Gwinnett Tech for groundbreaking of $37.8 million challenge

The new facility, scheduled to be completed in two years, is the first new building on the campus in 12 years. The entire project will include a new parking lot, renovations to its library, student life center and new chemistry and physics labs. The college is spending about $2 million on the entire project. The rest of the funding will come from state.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Greg Dozier added the project will train more students in other careers the system has traditionally focused on, such as auto mechanics and welding.

“It’s really going to meet the needs of this area,” Dozier said in an interview.

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She studied at Mercer’s Henry County Regional Academic Center and was a student ambassador, worked as a library assistant and completed two internships."},{"_id":"Z2XLUW3JVRGMPKJ25KREGTIKDE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620987707205},"type":"text","content":"“I’m not the type of person who likes to sit around,” she said."},{"_id":"IVBRDXCSMVCVVE3PWM7X3ANPHY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620987707207},"type":"text","content":"What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “My biggest challenges at Mercer University were my critical thinking and my writing skills that I achieved in all my courses. We had to do a lot of writing. 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The computer systems engineering major started writing flight software as an electronics team member for UGA lab’s NASA-sponsored mission during her sophomore year. A year later, Lin became the lead flight software engineer and assisted with additional testing and preparing the assembled satellite for handoff to the launch provider."},{"_id":"YO62HT2GTRBTND3QU5LX4TSU4M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[{"pos":190,"comment":"around"}],"comments":[],"_id":1620660494083},"type":"text","content":"What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “For me, it was being able to find that right balance between school and extracurriculars (like the research lab!). When I was a freshman/sophomore, I was very into the work I was doing for the lab — more than I was into classwork — and would pour almost all of my time into my lab tasks. 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Originally from China, Ye returned to his homeland in March 2020 and completed his studies there taking online courses. Ye received several honors, including being inducted as a member of the national neuroscience Honor Society — Nu Rho Psi. The AJC met Ye a few months ago as part of its College & The Coronavirus series."},{"_id":"COXNBIM63RDK5MRNLSS22PPMQI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1620832889856},"type":"text","content":"What was the biggest challenge you faced pursuing your degree? “The uncertainties that I dealt with throughout last year. Many of my plans were not settled until the last minute, and some of them were even conflicting, making it a more anxious circumstance for me to decide what I could do to make the most of my time. 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