Saint Leo University is proud to support three education centers in the Atlanta, Georgia area. These are just a few of the numerous centers we have around the country.

We recently caught up with Lan Pham, the associate director of our Gwinnett county, GA center, to learn more about what it offers and why it's a great option for those seeking various degrees from a nationally-recognized institution.

Q: Where is the Gwinnett, GA Education Center located, and how large is it?

A: The Gwinnett Education Center is located in Duluth, GA northeast of metro Atlanta in central Gwinnett County near Buford and Suwanee. Its address is:

3555 Koger Blvd.

Clarkston Building, Suite 105

Duluth, GA 30096

Getting to the center from downtown Atlanta is only a 40-minute drive.

Originally opened in 2007, this was the very first civilian center for Saint Leo. It was expanded in 2011 2012. The center has 9 classrooms for students.

Q: Which programs are offered at the Gwinnett Education Center?

A: The academic programs students can pursue at this center include:

Associate of Arts (AA)

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice – Criminalistics
  • Criminal Justice – Homeland Security
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Services
  • Business Administration – Management
  • Business Administration – Project Management
  • Psychology – General
  • Psychology – Developmental
  • Sociology – General
  • Sociology – Applied & Clinical
  • Sociology - Diversity & Inequality

Bachelor of Science (BS)

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Health Care Management

Master of Science (MS)

  • Human Services Administration
  • Criminal Justice

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Business Administration

Q: When are classes offered at the Gwinnett Education Center?

A: We offer classes in a variety of formats to meet the adult learner students' needs and schedules.

Primarily, classes meet in the evening between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. As for daytime classes, they usually run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. We offer classes on Saturdays that start at 8 a.m.

We've actually seen a lot of interest in our daytime courses, so we're looking to build more of these into our schedule.

We also offer a number of courses online, which can be done at your convenience from nearly any location with Internet access.

Q: How many students attend the center, and what are the faculty like there?

A: For Fall II of 2017, we had 164 students. This is why we can offer small class sizes with 12-15 students in each class.

Our students receive one-on-one support from their professors. Our faculty are always more than willing to help students be successful.

 Classes are also taught via video teaching technology (VTT). We have instructors at our other two centers in Morrow and Marietta who offer courses to students at our Gwinnett Education Center, and students are fully able to collaborate and interact with their instructors and participate in these courses using this live technology.

 Q: What makes your center unique?

 A: In addition to a supportive adult learning community and convenient location, we have a beautiful student lounge inside our center with comfortable tables and chairs that's perfect for studying. Students can plug in their laptops and smartphones, much like they can do at Starbucks. It has a TV with the news on, a fridge, a bulletin board where we regularly post job opportunities, and even a popcorn machine, which comes in handy for exam time.

We hold informative and engaging seminars now and again on a variety of topics related to the programs we offer. For instance, we're looking into doing seminars on criminal justice and healthcare. We're looking to have some graduates of these programs come out and speak.

We participate in community outreach service activities, such as a drive we recently sponsored for victims of Hurricane Harvey. We collected coloring books and crayons for kids in Texas who were affected by the storm. This effort was spearheaded by students in the Human Services Club.

Saint Leo is designated as a military-friendly university by the Military Advanced Education and Transition guide. The Gwinnett Education Center is proud to provide active-duty service members, veterans, and their families high-quality education.

Overall, I have to say that we work together as a unit here in the Atlanta area. Our three centers support each other very well, and it makes all of our centers stronger.

Q: How can students learn more about the Gwinnett Education Center?

A: Prospective students can reach the Gwinnett Education Center by phone at 678-380-4005. We're happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. You can also visit our webpage and Facebook page for updates.