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GPTC Students Win First Place at AITP Conference

Clarkston, GA - April 23, 2012

Two Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC- Formerly DeKalb Technical College) had two representatives from the Computer Information System (CIS) Division take awards in the 2012 Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Annual National Collegiate Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 29 – April 1, 2012. James C. Studaway and Roy S. VanderPloeg II, are members of GPTC’s AITP Chapter 7101.  They were accompanied by AITP Faculty Advisor Michael Jones, Computer Information Systems Instructor, and Julian Wade, Dean of Academic Operations.

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College team was awarded the national first place trophy and received $100 for their artistic effort in the banner contest, and was awarded a third place trophy for their professional banner. This same GPTC team also won a second place trophy for their submission in the casual shirt contest.  A former GPTC student, Marcus Guidry, who is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree at Kennesaw State University, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship at the Conference.  The students attended informative lectures, took professional certification tests, networked with fellow students, met with potential employers, and participated successfully in various competitions against students from both 2 and 4-year colleges.

James Studaway from Lawrenceville Ga., completed three Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification tests (Security Fundamentals, Windows Server Administration Fundamentals and Windows Operating System Fundamentals).  Roy VanderPloeg II, from Covington Ga., also completed three Microsoft MTA Certification tests (Database Administration Fundamentals, Software Development Fundamentals and Web Development Fundamentals).  Roy achieved the fourth highest grade of all those students that took the MTA tests at the Conference.  These certifications will be of great value to the students when they apply for employment in the information technology industry.  All participants enjoyed the experience, did some sight-seeing and met representatives from nationally recognized companies such as Allstate, IBM, Robert Half Technology, and United Services Automobile Association (USAA).

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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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