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GOAL Winner Announced for GPTC

Clarkston, GA - February 06, 2012

Symetri Clark Harlow, an automotive technology student at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Formerly DeKalb Technical College) from Sandy Springs, has been named as the college’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

The announcement was made at the college’s GOAL recognition banquet on February 2, 2012 at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center.

Harlow was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award.  The runners-up were: James Studaway, a Computer Information Systems Networking Specialist; Patrick McDaniel, a Marketing Management Student; and Carlis Smoot, and Accounting Student.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.  Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division. 

The announcement of Harlow as the Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s  GOAL winner was made by Cory Thompson, the College’s Public Relations and Information Director.

Harlow will now proceed to regional judging.  All college GOAL winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta for two days in April.  Nine finalists, three regional finalists from the three regions, will be announced while in Atlanta and if chosen, she will compete with the other eight GOAL finalists from the other state technical college campuses.  A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2012 state GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. 

The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

In her acceptance speech at Thursday’s banquet, Harlow began by saying, “I am pleased to represent the college,” she added that “Technical education has brought me to places I did not think possible.  I look forward to being the college’s representative, and hopefully being the state winner.”

Harlow is the daughter of Carlton and Pamela Clark.  She chose to attend Georgia Piedmont Technical College to earn her degree and pursue a career as an Automotive Master Technician.  Eventually she would like to teach automotive repair at a technical college.

Photo: Presentation of a $500.00 scholarship check from GPTC Foundation. (l. to r.) Val Bates, Chair of the GPTC Foundation; Symetri Harlow, GPTC 2012 GOAL Winner; Stephen Bullock, Symetri’s Nominating Faculty; Cynthia Edwards, Exec. Dir. of GPTC Foundation; Larry Teems, Acting President of GPTC.

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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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