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American Association of Community Colleges Appoints Dr. Jabari Simama, president of GPTC, to Special Commission

DeKalb County - October 02, 2017

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has appointed Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, to serve on its national Commission on Structured Pathways, a group whose mission is to improve student pathway implementation throughout the association’s member colleges.  “Structured pathways” is a relatively new term in academic circles.  To help students decide on a field of study early in their college careers, many two-year institutions are reforming their advisement processes.  As a result, college administrators are requiring advising teams to communicate more often and more effectively with students.  The objective is to help reduce confusion about which courses, or “pathways,” are most suitable as students plan their academic goals.  

“I’m particularly excited to have been selected to serve on the commission on structured pathways,” said Simama.  “Over the past decade, pathway reform has been a recurring subject for many community college administrators.  I look forward to contributing to the discussions that will ultimately improve pathway design,” he continued.  “I’m proud to be an active participant in the AACC, because the organization’s focus has always been on improving student outcomes,” Simama concluded. 

The special commission will create viable pathways so that students may successfully complete their community college curricula and either transfer to four-year universities and colleges, or join the workforce.  

The AACC, with funds provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has implemented a Pathways Project that affirms the role of America’s community colleges in the higher education sphere.  The association is building on recommendations from its 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.  The focus of the project is to develop pathway models that can be replicated at other community colleges. 

Simama previously served on AACC’s Commission on College Readiness.  His term on the Commission for Structured Pathways will end June 30, 2018.     


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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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