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GPTC Wins 10 Medals at State SkillsUSA
Motorcycle Service Technology Wins All Medals

Clarkston, GA - March 21, 2012

Photo: (l. to r.) Motorcycle Service Technology Award Winners - Back row:  Jesus Iracheta (2rd Place), Jayson Holland (1st Place), Anthony Smith (3rd Place), Front row: Mike Sachs -  Motorcycle Faculty; Larry Teems – Acting President GPTC

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) claimed gold, silver or bronze medals in 8 categories at the Georgia post-secondary SkillsUSA competition this week. Students from across the State took part in a three-day competition in downtown Atlanta March 15 – 17. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 307,000 high school and college students nationwide. The organization also has professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations.

GPTC, (Formerly DeKalb Technical College) swept the competition in the Motorcycle Service Technology category.  Mike Sachs leads the college’s Motorcycle Service Technology program. Gold medal (First Place) winner in this category was Jayson Holland.  Jesus Iracheta took the silver medal, and bronze went to Anthony Smith.  All are students in the Motorcycle Service Technology Program at GPTC.

Gold medals (1st Place) also go to Humberto Fragoso and Rodney Williams who competed in Career Pathways Showcase Industrial & Engineering Technology; Jacquelyn Williams and Precious Bright who won in the category of Career Pathways Showcase Business Management & Technology; Kaylen Sutton in Job Skills Demo A.

Silver medals (2nd Place) winners are Kai Rouillier in Automotive Service Technology; and Mary Bowdin in Cosmetology.

Bronze medals (3rd Place) honors in the field of Medical Terminology go to Dounfo Theluma; and Promotional Bulletin Board – Cotina Howard.

More than 1,200 people took part in the state competition.  700 were students.  The gold winners in each category will move on to compete on a national level at the SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City Missouri June 23 – 27.

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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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