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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Unveils State-of-the-Art Laboratory Equipment Donated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Quarter of a Million Dollar Donation Will Enhance College's STEM Courses and Programs

DeKalb County - December 10, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has received a generous donation of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment (valued at a quarter million dollars) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The General Studies Division of the College was able to acquire the equipment under the Stevenson-Wydler Technology and Innovation Act of 1980, an Act that promotes "technological innovation for the achievement of national economic, environmental, and social goals, and for other purposes."

This donation of equipment will enable Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to further develop, expand and enrich its coursework in the Natural Sciences Department and enhance its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

"By actively seeking partnerships such as this one, the College is demonstrating to our students, funding agencies and the communities in which we serve that we are committed to providing highly skilled employees for the STEM-related industries," stated Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College. "The hands-on experience our students will receive using this research-grade laboratory equipment will make them more marketable as they graduate from GPTC and enter into STEM careers."

The transferred items include expensive, high-tech equipment such as incubators, a subzero freezer, a centrifuge, and a high-performance liquid chromatography machine. The equipment will be used by students and faculty for laboratory experiments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The CDC donation will help accelerate the College's plans to offer Microbiology classes.

"We are grateful that a program like this exists," stated Dr. Aisha Cobbs, Biology Instructor at GPTC. "The training we will provide through the use of this equipment will be on par with many of the top research institutions such as Georgia Tech and MIT."

GPTC Lab Equipment
L-R: Dr. Virginetta Cannon, Biology Instructor; Dr. Miriam Dittmann, V.P. Academic Affairs; Dr. Jabari Simama, President; Kimberly Roberts, Natural Sciences Lab Assistant; Dr. Tedric Campbell, Chemistry Instructor; Dr. Aisha Cobbs, Biology Instructor; Dr. Larry Johnson, General Studies and Learning Support Division Chair.
GPTC Lab Equipment
Dr. Virginetta Cannon explains the importance of receiving items from the CDC, such as this incubator, which will be used to grow animal and bacterial cells.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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