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Zaundra Brown
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GPTC Honors Recipients, Donors and Sponsors During Annual Scholarship Luncheon

DeKalb County - June 07, 2017

During its recently held annual scholarship luncheon, the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation honored scholarship recipients, donors and sponsors who have contributed to the success of the college.  The luncheon was especially poignant because scholarship recipients were given an opportunity to personally thank donors for their support.     

David Bailey, a technical electronics program graduate, spoke of how the scholarship impacted his life.  “After being a MARTA bus operator for 25 years, I needed to change careers,” Bailey said.  “Thanks to the Rotary Club of Stone Mountain’s scholarship, I was able to complete the electronics technology program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  Now I am working in a job I love,” he continued.  Bailey encouraged attendees to help students achieve their goals by making a pledge to the Foundation, and thanked those who had already done so. 

“This occasion is personal to me. I established a scholarship through the Foundation in memory of my sister and my mother, because I know first-hand how financial support can change lives,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, Georgia Piedmont president.  “The students we honor here today have demonstrated that technical education, combined with academic excellence, provides a viable pathway to long-term success. We are proud of our track record in preparing students with the skills necessary to thrive in this global economy,” Dr. Simama concluded.    

“Providing scholarships and grants to deserving students throughout DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton and Morgan counties supports both our workforce development initiatives and our desire to see students thrive in their careers,” said Dr. Tony Neal, vice president, Institutional Advancement and executive director, Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation.  “I am grateful for your investment in our students’ future,” he continued.

For more information  regarding becoming a donor, please contact Dr. Neal at 404-297-9522 ext. 1753, or   

About the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation
The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation’s mission is to promote a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Foundation seeks support from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations working to make a difference in the lives of students.  

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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.