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GPTC and Georgia Military College Partner to Expand Educational Opportunities for Students

DeKalb County - November 09, 2016

Representatives from Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and Georgia Military College (GMC) held  an articulation agreement signing ceremony on Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s main campus to participate in a signing ceremony in which leaders from both institutions ratified several articulation agreements.  These agreements simplify the transfer process for GPTC students who wish to further their education at Georgia Military College. 

“Our college is committed to helping our students succeed educationally, and the transfer agreements with Georgia Military College are a great opportunity,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “I’m delighted we have launched such a productive and meaningful relationship between our two institutions of higher education.  We are very pleased to provide this seamless path to our students who wish to further their education and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Georgia Military College.  Through these transfer agreements, our colleges are strengthening Georgia’s workforce by preparing graduates for 21st century careers,” concluded Dr. Simama.      

The goal of the articulation agreement is to provide Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates of select Georgia Piedmont Technical College programs with an opportunity to continue with Georgia Military College to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree with Georgia Military College.

This agreement formally recognizes that Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Georgia Military College are committed to the establishment of an educational partnership to better serve currently enrolled and future students attending both institutions.  In addition, this partnership will support economic and workforce development in the communities served by these educational institutions.

“We are thrilled to launch this partnership with Georgia Piedmont Technical College to serve the students of Georgia,” said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, President, Georgia Military College. “Our BAS degrees are designed to build upon the occupational/technical education provided by an associate of applied science (AAS) degree program and provide an excellent pathway toward completion of a bachelor degree. Our BAS degree programs prepare students for career advancement opportunities and management and supervisory roles in their technical or occupational field. This partnership with GPTC is another step in providing greater opportunities and a brighter future for the citizens of Georgia and is consistent with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative designed to provide an improved educational pipeline from high school through college graduation.”

Administrators from both colleges will continue to work together in an effort to continue to expand the number of additional programs that will transfer seamlessly between the respective institutions.

Signing Photo

Seated (Left to Right):
Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, Georgia Military College.

Mr. Keith Sagers, Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Piedmont Technical College; Dr. Tessie Bradford, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Georgia Piedmont Technical College; Mr. Mike Holmes, Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Faculty, Georgia Military College; Dr. Derek Stone, Associate Chief Academic Officer, Georgia Military College; and Ms. Janis Anderson, Director of Georgia Military College’s Stone Mountain campus.  

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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.