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Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama Given Prestigious Education Award by NAACP

DeKalb County - November 02, 2015

Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), was honored by the DeKalb County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The organization bestowed its Narvie J. Harris Education Award upon Dr. Simama in recognition of his exceptional leadership abilities. The event was held at the Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta.   

"I am truly humbled and grateful to accept, on behalf of the entire college community, this award from the NAACP," said Dr. Simama.  "I owe much of my success to organizations like the NAACP and to the sacrifices its leaders have made" he continued. "No leader better exemplifies this sacrifice than Mrs. Narvie J. Harris, who began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Georgia and because of her determination and persistence went on to achieve greatness throughout her 39-year career working as an educator and an administrator," Dr. Simama concluded.

Mr. John Evans, president of the NAACP DeKalb Branch and Ms. Teresa Hardy, the Freedom Fund Chair of the NAACP DeKalb Branch, presented the award to Dr. Simama at the organization’s 59th annual awards banquet. The award is presented to an individual who has promoted practical educational ideas, techniques and strategies that have had a positive impact on the DeKalb County community.    

The theme of the banquet was "NAACP:  Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice — Advancing Freedom Forward."  This year’s keynote speaker was the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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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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