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Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Receives Top Honor
Dr. Jabari Simama Awarded NCMPR’s 2015 Pacesetter Award

DeKalb County - November 12, 2015

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), is pleased to announce Dr. Jabari Simama, President, has been awarded the 2015 District Pacesetter of the Year Award presented during the 2015 District 2 Annual Conference of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR).

The Pacesetter of the Year Award recognizes a president or CEO at a two-year technical college, community college or district office who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and support in the area of technical and community college communications, marketing and public relations. Dr. Simama was recognized for his vision in putting communications excellence at the heart of his strategic plan for the college and for his on-going support of marketing and communications initiatives.

The Pacesetter Award is presented annually in each of NCMPR's seven districts. The district winners are then considered for the national award. The national 2016 Pacesetter of the Year award will be presented next year during NCMPR’s 42nd Annual National Conference.

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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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