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Celia Murray is Chosen as Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s RPA Winner

Covington, GA - February 06, 2012

Celia Murray, a Paralegal Studies instructor at Georgia Piedmont Technical College at the College’s Newton County campus, has been named as the college’s winner of the Rick Perkins Award (RPA). The announcement was made at the college’s Fall Colleague Meeting on December 7, 2011 and officially awarded February 2, 2012. Murray is a resident of Madison Georgia in Morgan County.

RPA, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors and excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college faculty. The local RPA winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges and provided oversight through the System’s Office’s programming staff, the president’s Academic Improvement Committee and the state planning committee. 

The announcement of Murray as the Georgia Piedmont Technical College RPA winner was made by Larry Teems, Acting President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Murray will now proceed to regional judging.  All college RPA 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 RPA 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 RPA winner and the recipient of the RPA trophy/acrylic award. 

The grand prize also includes $1000 and Crystal Award.

Murray chose to teach at Georgia Piedmont Technical College because she believes in order to be competitive, Georgia must have an educated workforce.  As open access institutions, technical colleges are in a unique position to provide educational opportunities to students who might not otherwise have them.  By emphasizing the importance of education for all, we not only benefit our current students by helping them to obtain their goals, we also lift future generations.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community.  The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. Georgia Piedmont Technical College currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and Technical programs at Georgia Piedmont Tech cover more than 120 different occupations.  For more information, visit our website at

Photo:  Presentation of $500.00 check to Rick Perkins winner.  (l. to r.) Larry Teems, Acting President of GPTC; Celia Murray, 2012 Rick Perkins Winner; Val Bates, Chair – GPTC Foundation; Cynthia Edwards, Exec. Dir. GPTC Foundation

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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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