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GPTC Announces 2018 K-12 Student Art Competition

Clarkston, GA - November 14, 2017

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Georgia Piedmont Tech) is now accepting entries for the 22nd annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design competition. The competition is open to all Georgia elementary (K-5), middle (6-8) and high school (9-12) students.

The MAW Student Design Contest is held annually in conjunction with Manufacturers’ Appreciation Week (April).  It is designed to promote student awareness of the important role manufacturing plays in the economy of the State of Georgia.

Manufacturing is the process of creating physical objects that will be used by someone, or used to build a different object. Manufacturing provides jobs for approximately 386,600 Georgians. The more than 10,000 manufacturing facilities in Georgia are devoted to making numerous and diverse products from textiles to automotive parts. Students should consider products made in their hometowns, counties and/or statewide to include Georgia products in their designs in an effort to illustrate the role that manufacturing plays within our communities.

The artwork submitted to Georgia Piedmont Tech will be entered in the statewide competition where three winners will be chosen in each of the categories. The first, second, third place and honorable mention winners in each age category will be honored during the Governor’s Awards Luncheon scheduled Thursday, April 12, 2018. The first-place winners will receive $500 scholarships.  The second-place winners will receive $300 scholarships, the third place winners will receive $100 scholarships and the honorable mention recipients will receive $50 scholarships. The top entries will be displayed during the luncheon.

Entries must comply with the guidelines established by the Technical College System of Georgia. Art may be created with paint, watercolors, pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, etc., and should be completely dry prior to all shipping and/or delivery of the items. The size for artwork is 11” high by 17” wide. 

All work must be flat, and all 3-D objects cannot be glued or pasted to submissions. Please note: designs will not be returned to contestants.

Entries must be labeled on the back and upper-right corner of each submission with the student’s name, grade level, school, school phone number and the words, “Georgia Piedmont Technical College.”  Artwork must be received by Georgia Piedmont Technical College no later than noon, Monday, January 22, 2018 for consideration.

Please mail or deliver all entries to: Georgia Piedmont Technical College.  There are three campuses to select among for your ease of delivery, or receipt via mail. 
They are:

Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston Campus, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021.  Attention: Gwendolyn Syphoe. 

Georgia Piedmont Technical College, South DeKalb Campus, 2460 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA 30035.   Attention: Gwendolyn Syphoe.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Newton Campus, 16200 Alcovy Rd, Covington, GA 30014.  Attention: Gretchen Kyles.

For more information, please contact Gwendolyn Syphoe, (404) 297-9522, ext. 1121, or, via email:

For additional information regarding Georgia Manufacturing Week, or the MAW student design competition, please visit

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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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