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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Criminal Justice Students Attend Conference, Earn Scholarships

DeKalb County - May 24, 2016

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is pleased to announce four of its criminal justice students recently attended the 2016 International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) Spring Conference recently held in Boca Raton, Florida.  The International Organization of Black Security Executives provides security and management-focused educational programs to college students, seasoned practitioners and senior executives.  IOBSE sponsored four Georgia Piedmont Technical College criminal justice students.  The four students were: Davia Chin, Princess Gonzalez, Dorian Heard and Kimberly Lane. This sponsorship assisted them with their conference expenses.  

“I’m so proud of these criminal justice students,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “Asset protection, loss prevention and fraud elimination are critical issues as the world becomes increasingly complex.  I’m glad our students had an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of security topics at the IOBSE Conference and were able to bring home these honors,” concluded Dr. Simama.  

All eligible students were required to write a 500-word essay detailing their interest in a security career, and including how their aspirations and   their community involvement made them the ideal candidates to receive the scholarships.  In addition, applicants were asked read the book “StrengthsFinder” by Tom Rath, and were required to pass a test on the book prior to their arrival at the conference. 

Georgia Piedmont students participated in workshops taught by security executives from Tyco, Ross, Walmart and Home Depot.  They competed against 25 students from colleges such as Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, FAMU, SUNY-Stony Brook and Mississippi Valley State University.  Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won the most awards for a single school. 

Princess Gonzalez received a $1,500 IOBSE scholarship.  “This has been a great experience,” Gonzalez said.    “We were provided opportunities to meet with corporate executives to discuss job opportunities.  I am grateful for the opportunity to attend this conference.  I received a lot of information that I can certainly put to use in my career.  I want to pursue a career in global investigations, or maybe asset protection,” she said. 

Gonzalez, Dorian Heard and Kimberly Lane each received a $900 scholarship from the Loss Prevention Foundation. The Loss Prevention Foundation scholarships provide students an opportunity to take courses that lead to a national certification in loss prevention.  The Loss Prevention Foundation funding covers the cost of the online coursework and the final exam, and also includes a one-year membership in the organization.

“I am truly proud of our students,” said Valerie Brown, GPTC’s Criminal Justice Program Director.   “They earned more awards than any other school that attended and participated in the conference.  I thank IOBSE and the Loss Prevention Foundation.  They are two great organizations that support students as they pursue their security careers,” she concluded. 

About the International Organization of Black Security Executives
Established in 1982, the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) is a non-profit organization that provides professional resources to integrate security management into business operations.  The organization provides education and training opportunities to keep practitioners and students abreast of current trends in operations and technology.                              

About the Loss Prevention Foundation
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) is an international leader in educating and certifying retail loss prevention and asset protection professionals. LPF’s mission is to advance the retail loss prevention and asset protection profession by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources.

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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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