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GPTC Launches Learning Support Lab
“It motivates me to continue,” says one student

Clarkston, GA - February 20, 2012

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) opens a new lab aimed at helping students develop college-level proficiency in English, Math and Reading. The new Learning Support Lab is among the latest of GPTC’s endeavors to help students strengthen their learning skills and increase their opportunities for success.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning to unveil the program.  “Today I’m proud to say that after many conversations and much hard work, we’re opening our learning support lab,” says Larry Teems, Acting President of GPTC. “We are all about collective excellence.  This is another example of what we’re doing as a college to get students through our program and on their way to success,” says Dr. Tanya Gorman, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The college is opening two labs, one located at the main DeKalb Campus in Clarkston and another at its Newton Campus in Covington.  The learning support labs provide additional support to students enrolled in learning support courses who need extra help and encouragement to achieve their goals. “The students will not be isolated in this process, but will have the support of well-qualified learning coaches who will staff the labs five days per week,” says Dr. Larry Johnson, Division Chair of General Studies at GPTC.  16 learning support coaches will offer assistance in the labs.  The learning support lab is largely funded by two grants:  $2.4 million dollars over a four year period will come from the Predominantly Black Institutions Program grant that GPTC received from the U. S. Department of Education last year. The other funding comes from the Complete College Georgia grant which is a partnership between the state’s Board of Regents schools and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

“Our Learning Support Labs offer students one-on-one, extensive tutorials as a supplement to their live courses,” says Dr. Johnson.  The lab is a partnership with Pearson’s My Labs Plus, which gives students access to computer software that personalizes a program tailored to English, Math and Reading courses.

Lashawn Curry is a second-semester student at GPTC who is taking advantage of the services the lab offers. “I feel like it is very helpful because sometimes going to a lab where people are too advanced in other classes can be overwhelming,” She adds that this service is helping her achieve her educational goals. “I wouldn’t say it is a quick easy fix, but it motivates me to continue my education,” says Curry.

Photo #1:  Ribbon cutting (l. to r.) Dr. Larry Johnson, General Studies Division Chair; Daryl Barksdale, Grants Coordinator; Larry Teems, Acting President; Tanya Gorman, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Mark Hicks, Dean of Academic Operations

Photo #2:  Lashawn Curry, Student

For more photos of today’s ribbon cutting visit our GPTC Facebook page

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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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