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GPTC Partners with Kilimanjaro Information Technology College to Improve Educational Outcomes for Students Through Signing of Transfer Agreement

DeKalb County - October 10, 2017

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving student outcomes, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce it has executed a transfer agreement with Kilimanjaro Information Technology College (KITC), an institution of higher learning located in Tanzania. The agreement was signed on October 9, 2017 by Dr. Thomas Smith, president of KITC, and Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont.

“I am excited that we are able to form an international relationship with Kilimanjaro Information Technology College,” stated Dr. Simama. “This agreement gives rise to the possibility of an exchange student program. Georgia Piedmont has experience in that area, as we hosted German exchange students last spring,” Dr. Simama continued.

The overall purpose of the Georgia Piedmont and KITC agreement is to facilitate an academic and cultural exchange between the two institutions. Each school will invite the other to participate in conferences, summer camps, online discussions and onsite advising. To date, Georgia Piedmont’s Early Childhood Care and Education faculty members have worked closely with KITC administrators to align the two schools’ Early Childhood Education curricula.

After a period of three years, administrators from both institutions will review the transfer agreement to evaluate its effectiveness.

About Kilimanjaro Information Technology College

Kilimanjaro Information Technology College (KITC) has produced over 20,000 graduates since 1996 and prides itself for being a leading vocational center. The college offers professional studies to Tanzania's Early Childhood Development Teachers Training, ICT, Tourism, Industry, and Services sectors. KITC is the first institute in Tanzania to introduce real-time internet services in 1996. KITC won a United Republic of Tanzania's Presidential Award in 2000 for “Technology Center of the Century."

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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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