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GPTC’s Symetri Harlow Honored as Runner-Up & Semi-Finalist for the TCSG Student of the Year

Atlanta - April 30, 2012

Symetri Cark Harlow

Symetri Cark Harlow from Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) was honored as one of nine finalists and four semi-finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2012 Student of the Year award during a dinner at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on April 26. 

The award is part of the system’s annual GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) program, which recognizes the best student at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges and a Board of Regents college with a technical division.

“There are more than 190,000 students attending Georgia’s technical colleges, so it’s an exceptional accomplishment to be named a finalist for the Technical College System of Georgia’s Student of the Year award,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “Harlow has earned this achievement because she has excelled in the classroom and is a great role model for others at the college and in her community.”

Judging for the award starts at each college and continues on to the regional level. At the state level, the nine finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges representing business, industry and higher education in Georgia. Then the field is narrowed to four semi-finalists. At each step, the students are rated on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, involvement in their local communities, and future aspirations.

The competition for the award is intense, for not only is the state winner named Georgia’s technical college student of the year and ambassador for technical education, the student also gets the keys to a brand-new Chevrolet Cruze, presented by Chevrolet and the local Chevrolet dealers, long-time sponsors of the GOAL program.

The state 2012 GOAL winner is LaNette Holloman, a business management student from Atlanta Technical College. Harlow was selected as runner up, in the event Holloman cannot fulfill her duties as State GOAL winner.

About the TCSG: The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 25 technical colleges throughout the state serving more than 190,000 students. Affordable access to high-quality, 21st century technical education programs that lead to in-demand jobs is a big reason why enrollment at the TCSG colleges is up by almost one-third over last three years.

The system also manages Quick Start, the internationally-known economic development incentive that offers workforce training for new or expanding businesses and industries in Georgia. Quick Start is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful programs for attracting new investment to the state and promoting job creation.

TCSG colleges offer small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention in more than 600 programs, including healthcare, manufacturing technologies, aerospace, logistics, agribusiness, life sciences, energy and the environment, and much more. In addition, the TCSG oversees the state’s adult education and GED preparation and testing programs.

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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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