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Six Students Earn Certified Nurse Aide Credentials from GPTC
Certificate program made possible through Public-Private Partnerships

DeKalb County - October 05, 2017

Six new Certified Nurse Aides recently received their certificate of completion through a program offered by Georgia Piedmont Technical College in conjunction with WorkSource DeKalb and Park Springs Continuing Care retirement community.  The ceremony was held at Park Springs Continuing Care in Stone Mountain.

“These Summer graduates are the third co-hort of students who have persevered with their studies and received their Certified Nurse Aide (CAN) certificates,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.   “The demand for CNAs is great, and I’m proud of this group of students for completing the training program.  I’m confident they will go on to be successful in their chosen field,” he concluded.

Six Students

Georgia Piedmont’s short-term training program is a non-credit certificate program, meaning that students do not earn credits that can be applied toward a degree.  Certified Nurse Aides who complete the program typically find employment in nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living facilities.  Georgia Piedmont’s program, which meets all state and federal regulations, is a nine-and-a-half-week course designed to prepare participants to sit for the state Competency and Licensing examination.    

The program consists of 136 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical study.  It is made possible through partnerships with WorkSource DeKalb and Park Springs Continuing Care retirement community.    WorkSource DeKalb, formerly known as DeKalb Workforce Development, is a county department that is federally funded.  WorkSource DeKalb provided worker training funds for the participants, while Park Springs Continuing Care purchased supplies that were used in clinical instruction. 

Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s non-credit CNA program is certified by the Alliant Georgia Medical Care Foundation, and is facilitated by Georgia Piedmont’s Economic Development Division through its Continuing Education Office.  For more information about this exciting field of study, please contact instructor Margie Preston at 404-297-9522 ext. 5030 or   


About WorkSource DeKalb
The mission of WorkSource DeKalb is to provide workforce investment activities through statewide and local investment systems that increase employment, retention and earnings of participants.  The goal is to increase occupational skill attainment by participants, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.  

About Park Springs Continuing Care
Since opening in 2004, Park Springs has offered an abundant retirement experience for seniors from all over the United States.  With a comprehensive selection of independent living residences, Park Springs offers personal care services including memory care, assisted living, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.     

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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.