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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Receives Grant to Fund Driver’s Education Initiative

DeKalb County - November 05, 2015

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,190 from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC) to support driver education in the college’s service area.  The grant makes it possible for high school students to participate, free of charge, in driver education courses.  Emphasis will be placed on increasing the decision-making skill level for students ages 15-17.

"As we all know, driving is a privilege that carries with it great responsibility," said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  "In today’s fast-paced world, it is important for young drivers to have a firm grasp of road rules as well as the ability to protect themselves, their passengers and the general public," he continued.  

The grant period is July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  Classes are divided into two areas, consisting of 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training with an instructor.   

"Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers and we are committed to providing students with the education and experience needed to avoid tragedy" said GDEC Chairman Harris Blackwood. "This grant will help Georgia Piedmont Technical College equip young drivers in the community to be safer behind the wheel," he said.  

The Georgia Driver’s Education Commission made this program possible.  Georgia Piedmont Technical College will offer the classes on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information about the driver’s education program, please contact (404) 297-9522, ext. 5500.

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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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