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22 GPTC Students Excel at Statewide SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference

DeKalb County - April 06, 2016

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce 22 students won medallions during the 2016 Statewide SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference.  Georgia Piedmont students participated in over 20 competitions and earned gold, silver and bronze medals in 15 of them.  The statewide competition serves as a forum for technical college students to exhibit the technical expertise they have gained through their coursework.

“Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s success at the statewide SkillsUSA Conference is to be commended. It illustrates not only the commitment that students have to learning their craft, but also the faculty’s commitment to providing quality instruction that leads to excellence at our college,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “I’m proud of all the students who participated, and I’m confident those who are advancing to the national contest this summer will represent the college well,” stated Dr. Simama.   
The 2016 SkillsUSA Statewide Leadership and Skills Conference showcases students’ skills during hands-on competitions in the following areas:  leadership development; occupational-related; skilled; and technical science.  All Gold Medal recipients will represent the State of Georgia during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.  

Christine Harden Hamilton, Georgia Piedmont’s SkillsUSA Lead Advisor, was delighted with how well Georgia Piedmont students fared in this year’s contest.  “I always tell our students excellence is a standard - not a hobby,” she said.    

GOLD Award Winners:
3D Visualization and Animation: Denard Anderson and Amy Coles
Career Pathways, Marketing & Sales: Sakima Cauthen, Thelma Clark-Thomas, Michael O’Neal
Customer Service:  Emory Marshall
Job Skills Demonstration Open: Satwyneka Williams
Motorcycle Service Technology:  Shawn Lee
Practical Nursing: Gunindi Erman
Technical Computer Applications: Mycael Spear
Television (Video) Production: Alex Danya, Love McNill
SILVER Award Winners:

Career Pathways/Health Science:
Kourtney Dabney and Destiny Jones
Motorcycle Service Technology: Jared Prince
Promotional Bulletin Board: Darrante Patterson
Technical Drafting: Amada Nix
BRONZE Award Winners:
Advertising Design: Christopher Anderson
Cosmetology: Casey Knox
Job Skills Demonstration A: Shade’l Wiggins
Nail Care: C. Deneen Daniel, Technician/ Kaitlin Walcott, Model

GPTC Advisors: Stephen Bullock; Yolanda Culberson; Dr. Delores Guillory; C. Hamilton, Kaye Henry; Sam Mitchell; Shirley Pace; Telicia Palmer; Mike Sachs; Theresa Snagg; Andrea Strommen; Arnold Taylor; Stephanie Voltolin; Doxie White; Dr. Tomeika. Williams.

About SkillsUSA:

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.  More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. In 2015, more than 17,000 teachers and school administrators served as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors.  SkillsUSA has served more than 11.9 million members since its founding in 1965.

Seated L-R:
Sakima Cauthen, Love McNill, Alex Danya, Thelma Clark-Thomas, Satwyneka Williams, Emory Marshall.
Standing L-R:
Casey Knox, Amada Nix, Christopher Anderson, Erman Gunindi, Denard Anderson, Michael O’Neal, Kourtney Dabney, C. Deneen Daniel, Kaitlin Walcott.

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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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