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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Celebrates Faculty & Staff for Shattering College's Enrollment & Graduation Goals

DeKalb County - November 27, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama, President hosted the college's first Faculty and Staff Appreciation, held in the Conference Center on the College's DeKalb Campus on November 25th. Dr. Simama wanted to thank the faculty and staff for helping make Georgia Piedmont Technical College the fastest growing technical colleges within the State, as documented by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) KMS Reports.

Comparing growth from Summer 2012 to Summer 2013, GPTC was the fastest growing college in the State with a percentage of 17% increase in student enrollment, a 28% increase in credit hours and a 28% increase in Full-time Equivalents (FTEs).  GPTC also had a 47% increase in graduates from 2012 to 2013 and 67% increase in the number of awards conferred. The increase in enrollment, graduates and degrees conferred represented the highest percentage growth  of all technical colleges within the entire State of Georgia.

"I am grateful to be able to work with such a great group of educators and professionals here at Georgia Piedmont Technical College," stated Dr. Simama. "We don't desire to be the best for the sake of saying we are number one. We strive for the best because it benefits our students in their educational outcomes and their ability to find high demand jobs that pay good salaries."

Dr. Simama recognized the faculty and staff for creating high-demand programs, such as Digital Media and Technology, and efforts to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) offerings and programs that keep the College on the forefront of education innovation. "These initiatives are vital as we serve all students, particularly high percentages of minorities and women who are underrepresented in the STEM-related industries," President Simama continued.

In addition to the president, the faculty and staff heard from Dr. Susan Eckert, Chairperson of the GPTC Board of Directors, Al Edwards, Treasurer of the College's foundation board, and other top administrators.

"We are well into Dr. Simama's second term leading the College," noted Keith Sagers, Executive Director and Special Assistant to the President. "He wanted to take a moment to thank all of the employees at GPTC and let them know that they are truly appreciated for all that they do, especially their commitment to go above and beyond in service to our college and students."

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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

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.