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GPTC Partners with Atlanta Metropolitan State College To Improve Educational Options Through Signing of Transfer Agreement

DeKalb County - March 22, 2016

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving student access to four-year colleges, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is pleased to announce it has executed a transfer agreement with Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC), a unit of the University System of Georgia.  The agreement was signed by Dr. Gary McGaha, President, AMSC, and Dr. Jabari Simama, President, GPTC, following Georgia Piedmont's recent State of the College.     

"I am excited that we are able to partner with Atlanta Metro State College in this way," stated Dr. Simama.  "This collaboration allows our criminal justice students to continue their educations at AMSC, which, like GPTC, is committed to student success," Dr. Simama continued. 

The overall purpose of the GPTC and AMSC agreement is to provide a bridge program that will enable GPTC students to transfer to the AMSC bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Atlanta Metropolitan and Georgia Piedmont believe that, because of opportunities made available through this transfer agreement, students will choose to continue their educations and complete a bachelor's degree.

"I view this partnership as a win-win for all parties involved," said Dr. Gary McGaha.  "We believe in removing barriers and in helping students pursue baccalaureate degrees at state colleges.  Like Georgia Piedmont, Atlanta Metropolitan State College provides a high-quality education at a low cost. I encourage eligible students to take advantage of this terrific opportunity to complete their bachelor's degrees," he concluded.   

Under the terms of the agreement, Georgia Piedmont students who have earned an associate in applied science degree in criminal justice are eligible to transfer to AMSC as joint enrollment students and transfer students. Jointly enrolled students may take courses at both institutions as they pursue their bachelor's degrees.   

"This is going to be a great opportunity for our criminal justice students," said Dr. Ivan Harrell, Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at GPTC.  "Institutions like Atlanta Metropolitan State College understand the value students who have completed studies at technical and community colleges bring with them," he said.    Administrators from both colleges will review the agreement on an annual basis to determine its effectiveness.  

About Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Atlanta Metropolitan State College currently serves approximately 3200 commuting students on its main campus located at 1630 Metropolitan Parkway S.W. The College is committed to academic excellence and seeks to fulfill a vital role within the University System of Georgia and the Atlanta community. A degree-granting unit of the University System of Georgia, the College offers transfer, certificate, career, joint programs and the baccalaureate degree in Biological Science, Applied Mathematics and Criminal Justice. The College provides an affordable, accessible, and relevant education for a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. Programs of study are offered on a year-round basis during the day, evenings and weekends.


Dr. Gary McGaha, President, Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) and Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC).
Dr. Vance Gray, AMSC Interim Dean and Assistant Professor (Political Science); Sadie Dennard, Chairman, GPTC Board of Directors; and Dr. Ivan Harrell, GPTC Executive Vice President, Academic & Student Affairs.

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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

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.