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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Awarded $3.33 Million Grant to Establish Morgan County High School: A College and Career Academy

DeKalb County - December 17, 2015

The Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has awarded Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and the Morgan County Charter School System a $3.33 million grant to establish a college and career academy in Morgan County. 

“I’m delighted that Georgia Piedmont Technical College and the Morgan County Charter School System are the recipients of this grant,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president, Georgia Piedmont Technical College. “As a result of this partnership, Morgan County students will receive job readiness training, technical education and college credit courses in pathways such as film and media; agriculture; hospitality and tourism; bioscience and bio-technology; manufacturing; engineering; health sciences; and information technology,” he said.  

The state grant, which will be matched with local funds, will finance the academy’s initial start-up costs of nearly $12 million for expenditures such as construction and staffing.  In the meantime, Georgia Piedmont Technical College will continue to serve the approximately 150 students in Morgan County who participate in Move On When Ready, a dual enrollment initiative that allows students to earn high school and college credit at the same time.     

“Our vision is that our high school/ middle school campus will become a Move On When Ready Campus in which students will graduate with a high school diploma, but at the same time be awarded college credits, a technical college credential, industry certificates, and, where appropriate, associate degrees,” said James R. Woodard, Superintendent, Morgan County Charter School System.  “Our mission is to prepare lifelong learners for an ever-changing world, and construction of this college and career academy supports that objective.  This initiative will transform our high school as we implement workforce development strategies that will lead to greater economic development opportunities within our community,” Woodard concluded.   

Students who attend the college and career academy will be exposed to pathways not typically available in other high schools.  Once they receive their diplomas, students will have accrued many college credits that are transferable to technical colleges throughout the state, as well as two- and four-year institutions governed by the University System of Georgia.   

About Morgan County Charter School System
Morgan County Charter School System is recognized as the seventh best school system in Georgia by Niche K-12 and has a strong graduation rate of 89.6%.  Morgan County Primary and Morgan County Elementary Schools have earned the designation as being FY16 Reward Schools - Highest Performing and Morgan County Middle School has been re-designated as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch. All administrators have participated in the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) and take active roles, with their faculties, in High Performance Professional Learning Communities.

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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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