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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Holds Annual State of the College Address 
Technical College Innovation: Building a Workforce for Now and the Future

DeKalb County - February 28, 2017

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC)  hosted its annual State of the College Address, which drew leaders from business and industry, as well as elected and appointed officials.  Dr. Jabari Simama, President, delivered his address during a breakfast meeting on the college’s DeKalb campus.  

“As we come together for the 2017 State of the College Address, I am pleased to announce the state of our college is exceptional,” said Dr. Simama. “Our student body today looks very much like the workforce of tomorrow. Our college is providing a pipeline of skilled graduates who are well-prepared for high-demand career fields.”         

Throughout his presentation, Dr. Simama thanked faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as private and public partners, for their commitment to Georgia Piedmont.  He also spoke about innovative academic programs for which the college is known, including its film and television production department.  Dr. Simama said Georgia Piedmont is partnering with the Georgia Film Academy to offer a certificate program in film and television production, which Gov. Nathan Deal recently stated is a $6 billion growth industry in Georgia.  Other key academic areas Dr. Simama mentioned include advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, drone technology, cyber forensics, and transit and transportation technologies. 

“Georgia Piedmont Technical College partners with high schools in its four-county service area to offer dual enrollment classes, and this has become a very popular initiative,” Dr. Simama stated.  This program, known as Move On When Ready (MOWR), allows high school students to enroll in college classes and enables students to obtain both high school and college credit once they have completed their courses.  Dr. Simama also touted many of the college’s other initiatives, such as adult education, continuing education and customized business and industry training.

Experts predict that over 60% of jobs that will exist in 2020 most likely will require some form of post-secondary training, and Georgia Piedmont stands ready to help train the 21st century workforce, Dr. Simama said.  “At $89 per credit hour, Georgia Piedmont Technical College remains one of the best higher-ed values in the state.  For a third of the cost of attending the University of Georgia, a student at our institution can earn a higher education credential,” Dr. Simama stated.  “The decision to enroll at Georgia Piedmont is a wise investment,” he declared.   

In his speech, Dr. Simama also touched on transfer agreements that will allow Georgia Piedmont’s students to transfer seamlessly to four-year colleges and universities.  He highlighted a groundbreaking agreement that Georgia Piedmont just this month put into place with Clark Atlanta University.  “This agreement is a multi-tiered partnership that will expand college access to individuals who never dreamed they could graduate from a university as prestigious as Clark Atlanta,” said Dr. Simama.  “Under this new agreement, an individual can go from not possessing a high school diploma to earning a Ph.D.  This is further evidence of how we are making a difference in the communities we serve,” Dr. Simama concluded.  

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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.