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Ready Mix USA donates Cement-Mixing Truck to GPTC
College will offer Four-week Training Program for High-demand Driver Jobs

March 22, 2017

Ready Mix USA today signed over a cement mixing truck to Georgia Piedmont Technical College for its Regional Transportation Training Center in Lithonia.  The truck will be used to teach individuals the skills required to become cement-mixer truck-drivers.  

“I’m pleased Ready Mix USA agreed to donate this cement-mixing truck to our college,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  “In a relatively short time, students will be able to learn the skills necessary to land jobs in this high-demand career field.  I also thank Westside Works for partnering with us and for their commitment to workforce development for people who reside near the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.”   
Cynthia Dorsey Edwards, Georgia Piedmont’s Vice President of Economic and Community Development, Consuelo Godden, Director of Georgia Piedmont’s Regional Transportation Training Center, and David Griffin, Operations Manager for Ready Mix USA, officially signed the documents to transfer ownership of the cement truck to the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

Georgia Piedmont is collaborating with Westside Works, a job-training initiative created by the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, to offer the four-week training program.  Westside Works is a long-term neighborhood program focused on creating employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, and Castleberry Hill.  

The truck-driving course will begin in April.  Interested students are encouraged to apply now.      
About Ready Mix USA
The Ready Mix USA companies are now part of CEMEX, one of the world’s leading building materials suppliers.  CEMEX provides cement and concrete products to construction projects in every sector, including industrial, commercial, residential and municipal.   

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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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