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Historic Partnership Announced: Georgia Piedmont Technical College & Clark Atlanta University
Goal: To Foster Greater Collaboration / Expand Postsecondary Opportunities

DeKalb County - February 14, 2017


Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Georgia Piedmont) and Clark Atlanta University (CAU) have agreed to launch an historic partnership to expand postsecondary educational opportunities, strengthen academic rigor and increase student success.  Implementation of the partnership program entitled - “Access 4 Achievement” - will begin in the late Spring of 2017.  It calls for dual admissions and joint enrollment for qualified students at both institutions, program-specific transfer agreements and joint faculty and teaching opportunities for graduate students and faculty at both institutions.

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, actively sought a higher education partnership with Clark-Atlanta University to provide additional transfer opportunities for Georgia Piedmont students who complete their technical education requirements, but wish to pursue a four-year degree and graduate school.   “Students enrolled in the Access 4 Achievement program will graduate prepared for today’s job market, as well as ready to adapt to sudden shifts in market demands well into the future,” said Dr. Simama.

The partnership is in keeping with CAU President Dr. Ronald A. Johnson’s plan to equip every student with stackable credentials, which will make them more globally competitive upon graduation.  Dr. Johnson believes this bold new initiative will assist students in graduating sooner with both high-demand technical skills and the soft skills, which are key indicators of long-term employment success.

Additional benefits students will receive from Access 4 Achievement include:

  • Broadened access for talented, college-bound students
  • Improved graduation rates due to support services and flexibility in program design
  • Immediate higher earning potential
  • Long-term, consistent employment stemming from an education that stresses flexible, adaptive thinking and skill development

Access 4 Achievement will be officially announced during a news conference Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10:30 a.m. in the Robert W. Woodruff Library Exhibition Hall at Clark Atlanta University (111 James P. Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314).  Remarks from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce will provide additional insight on this partnership’s capacity to dramatically address the need for a more skilled workforce in the Atlanta region.


Clark Atlanta University (CAU), a private, comprehensive, co-educational institution, was established in 1988 through the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865), the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans, and Clark College (1869), the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population.  With nearly 4,000 students, and the mission of producing graduates who make a difference in their communities and beyond, CAU offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, and is the only graduate institution in the AUCC. Students who graduate from CAU have the opportunity to earn, in addition to their diploma, a stackable credential (a competency-based certificate), which provides added value for career exploration and imagination. Home to the world-renowned prostate cancer research center, the only center of its kind in the nation focused on preventing and curing prostate cancer in black men, CAU is also the top producer of Ph.Ds. in Nanomaterial Science than any HBCU in the nation.  Among its illustrious faculty is famed educator W.E.B. DuBois, and its notable alumni include brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, who created the Negro National Anthem, Lift Every Voice. The university is home to one of the largest collections of African and African American art in the world, and to Atlanta’s only jazz radio station, NPR-affiliated WLCK, which reaches more than 275,000 listeners weekly.

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 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.69 percent placement rate.  With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state.  The college has 3 campuses and 9 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, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu 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, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu 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 https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment

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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, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu 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, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu 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 https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.