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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Announces its 2016 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Winner

DeKalb County - January 19, 2016

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce Justin Bates, a welding student, has been chosen to represent the college during the upcoming EAGLE Leadership Institute scheduled March 14-16, 2016, in Atlanta, GA. 

The EAGLE Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.  The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), through its Office of Adult Education, sponsors the annual institute.

“In May of 2015, Justin enrolled in the Accelerating Opportunities program here at Georgia Piedmont, and since then, he has earned a GED and two welding certificates,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree, with the goal of someday becoming a college professor.  I know Justin will represent our college well at the EAGLE Leadership Institute,” Dr. Simama stated.    

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs.  The EAGLE program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available throughout local communities, and to foster involvement in lifelong learning.  

“I’m so excited about being selected as the EAGLE delegate from Georgia Piedmont,” Bates said.  “Earning my GED has proven to me that anything I set my mind to is possible.  Many careers are only available to those who have a high school diploma or GED, so I am glad I earned my GED.  Upon graduation, I will be the first member of my family to finish college,” he concluded.

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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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