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GPTC Board of Directors Welcomes Ted R. H. Cummings as its Newest Member

DeKalb County - April 18, 2016

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ted R.H. Cummings to the Georgia Piedmont Board of Directors.      

“Ted Cummings brings an impressive entrepreneurial background to Georgia Piedmont,” said Dr. Simama.  “His commitment to education and community service will be beneficial to our students and stakeholders.  I look forward to working with him, as well as the other board members, to create more opportunities to prepare our graduates for the 21st century workforce,” Dr. Simama concluded.     

A small business owner, Cummings is a Board Member of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce.  Since 2013, he has served as Chairman of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) Professional Services Industry Group for the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC).  As an advocate for education, he is currently President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Chairman of the School Advisory Council at Liberty Middle School in Covington, Georgia.

Cummings founded ONYX MS Group in 2006.  His company specializes in providing a wide range of advanced communications services, including audio/video services; theatrical lighting; and trade show management services.  ONYX MS Group’s client list includes The Coca-Cola Company; International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP); Eli Lilly and Company; and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).        

“One of my favorite African proverbs is ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together’,” states Cummings.  “By serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, I will work with a dedicated group of professionals to achieve common goals, such as enhancing the academic growth of students and expanding the college’s programs, now and well into the future,” he said.     

Ted Cummings has been appointed to serve a 3-year term as a member of the Board of Directors.

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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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