January 9, 2012 — AGCO Corp. has donated $75,000 to Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives Campaign to support expansion of the college's Bioscience Technology program.
The funds will be used to underwrite a second, full-time Bioscience faculty member, making it possible to increase enrollment in this program. This faculty member will also play a vital role as a liaison to the region's growing bioscience and environmental sustainability communities.
"We are pleased to partner with AGCO Corporation and value this very generous gift that enables us to grow our capacity in the Bioscience area," says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Tech. "AGCO's support permits us to help students to become self-sufficient and contributing members of our community and through their work, make an even greater contribution to sustainable environments worldwide."
"We at AGCO feel that the educational work at Gwinnett Technical College is a good match for AGCO, where we strive to provide high-tech solutions to help feed the world," says Martin Richenhagen, chairman, president and CEO, AGCO Corp. "The students in this program will take a very active role in finding solutions to support an ever increasing world population."
As a member of the Georgia Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership, Gwinnett Tech was one of the first education providers to detect a need for skilled workers in the life and biosciences arena. The college's Bioscience Technology program supports the development of life sciences companies currently located in Georgia and those looking to relocate to Georgia. This program has seen tremendous growth and outstanding job placement in high paying careers.
"Gwinnett Tech is uniquely positioned to bring together the talent needed to enrich our lives through expanded outreach to our community bioscience and sustainability partners like AGCO," explains Bartels.