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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Graduates Law Enforcement Academy Recruits

Covington, GA - May 03, 2012

Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27th at the college’s Covington campus.  Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy.  While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high.  “This is the smallest graduating class we’ve had since we began operating.  It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size.  I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that they elect to serve,” says Major Harry McCann, Director of Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy.

The graduates are: Matthew Bullock from Tucker Georgia; Paul Campbell from Covington Georgia; Joseph Harding from Conyers Georgia; Quatasia Marigny of Union City Georgia and Sara Miller of Marietta Georgia. Bullock got the highest grade point average in the class which qualified him for the academic award.  Harding was the best marksman in the group.  He was given the top gun award.  All of the students in this graduating class are pre-service, meaning they have not secured employment now that they are qualified to serve as law enforcement officers within the State of Georgia. Nearly all of them are in talks with agencies ranging from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to regional police and sheriff departments.  The commencement speaker was Chief Mike Blouin, GPTC’s police chief.  In his message he recounted how being a crime victim years ago changed the way he did his job.  “I then understood empathy and treated victims differently,” said Blouin. He goes on to wish them well in a rewarding career. “You are starting a professional career that few others have the chance or the ability to take.  My hope for you is that 30 years from now, you will have as much pride, satisfaction and fulfillment in your lives as I have had in mine.”

The Law Enforcement Academy is a fulltime, 17 week, paramilitary structured program designed to increase the training, knowledge, and understanding of the complex issues regarding law enforcement today. Recruits completing this program will gain, in addition to their P.O.S.T Basic Law Enforcement certification, 59 college credits towards an associate’s degree in criminal justice. The Law Enforcement Academy is one of the State’s first P.O.S.T certified Basic Mandate programs on a college campus with college credit.

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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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