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GPTC Student, Instructor Win State Awards

March 29, 2012

Harlow named GOAL Award winner
Georgia Piedmont Tech recently named Symetri Harlow, an automotive technology student, winner of its Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) Award.

“Technical education has brought me to places I did not think possible,” Harlow said in her acceptance speech during the College’s GOAL recognition banquet held February 2 at the on-campus Conference Center. “I look forward to being the College’s representative, and hopefully being the state winner.”

A Sandy Springs resident, Harlow was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were James Studaway, computer information systems networking specialist student; Patrick McDaniel, a marketing management student; and Carlis Smoot, an accounting student. A statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, GOAL honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 26 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.

Harlow will now proceed to GOAL’s regional judging. All college GOAL winners will receive an all-expense-paid two-day trip to Atlanta, in April. Nine finalists–three regional finalists from the three regions–will be announced while in Atlanta and, if chosen, Harlow will compete with the other eight GOAL finalists from the other state technical colleges. A panel of leaders from the business industry and government sectors will interview them and select one to be the 2012 state GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, which is the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

Harlow says she chose to attend Georgia Piedmont Tech as the college at which to earn her degree and pursue a career as an automotive master technician. She says she would ultimately like to teach automotive repair at a technical college.

Murray named Rick Perkins Award winner
Students stand in winning academic company at Georgia Piedmont Tech. Celia Murray, a paralegal studies instructor at the College’s Newton campus in Covington, Ga., was recently named winner of its Rick Perkins Award (RPA).

The RPA, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors and excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college faculty. The local RPA winners are selected at each of the state’s 26 technical colleges and provided oversight through the System’s Office’s programming staff, the president’s Academic Improvement Committee and the state planning committee.

Murray, a resident of Madison Georgia in Morgan County, will now proceed to regional judging. All college RPA winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta for two days in April. Nine finalists, three regional finalists from the three regions, will be announced while in Atlanta and, if chosen, Murray will compete with the other eight RPA finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2012 state RPA winner and the recipient of the RPA trophy/acrylic award. The grand prize also includes $1000 and Crystal Award.

Murray said she chose to teach at Georgia Piedmont Technical College because she believes in order to be competitive.

“Georgia must have an educated workforce,” said Murray. “As open-access institutions, technical colleges are in a unique position to provide educational opportunities to students who might not otherwise have them. By emphasizing the importance of education for all, we not only benefit our current students by helping them to obtain their goals, we also lift future generations.”

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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, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu 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, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu 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 https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

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