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270,000 Students Now Have a Better Chance of Graduating from College and Achieving their Dreams
25 institutions selected into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network; commit to rigorous student success and completion

Silver Spring, MD - April 27, 2012

Achieving the Dream – a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history – welcomed 25 institutions into the National Reform Network. The 2012 Cohort (serving 270,000* students throughout 10 states; including 18 community colleges, six technical institutions, and one historically black college representing) will begin, immediately, the important work of identifying and implementing evidence-based strategies for closing achievement gaps and increasing retention, persistence, and completion rates.

“This new cohort of colleges will collectively help 270,000 students succeed,” said Beverly Fletcher, Senior Director of Organizational Development and Change for Achieving the Dream. “And the success of each student means much more than just a personal goal secured. It means improved skills, better employability, and economic growth for their community and our nation as a whole.”

Introducing the Achieving the Dream 2012 Cohort


“The Technical College System of Georgia is honored to have such a large representation of our colleges selected into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network,” said Judy Taylor, Resource Development, Technical College System of Georgia. “Our sights are set on improving student success and completion on a substantial scale, and we are ready to do the fundamental reform work necessary to achieve that dream.” 

In addition to the colleges that are self-funding their participation in Achieving the Dream, this most recent expansion has been made possible with grants provided by The Kresge Foundation.

“The work of closing achievement gaps and improving student success is extremely difficult and critically important,” said Beverly Fletcher, Senior Director of Organizational Development and Change for Achieving the Dream. “Being an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, discipline, and a tenacious institution-wide commitment to student success and equity. The 2012 Cohort should be applauded for doing their part to tackle one of society’s most daunting challenges: success for more college students.”

The Achieving the Dream Model
Each new college will commit to the Achieving the Dream Student-Centered Model of Institutional Improvement. Based on four principles, the Model frames the overall work of helping more students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Each college will approach the work differently, but Achieving the Dream’s five-step process will provide practical guidelines for helping keep the focus where it belongs and building momentum over time. Throughout the process, Achieving the Dream Coaches will offer customized support and help each college’s core team implement data-informed programs and policies that build long-term, institution-wide commitment to student success. Learn more about the Model here.

Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including nearly 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia - helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

*Number based on Fall 2010 enrollment for full- and part-time students provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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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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