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Zaundra Brown
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New Beginning for GED Graduates at GPTC

Clarkston, GA - May 07, 2012

66 Adult education students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC – Formerly DeKalb Technical College) received their General Education Diploma (GED) at a commencement exercise Saturday May 5, 2012 at The Tabernacle in Decatur GA.  GPTC is Georgia’s largest adult education program, and one of the largest GED testing locations in the state.  Dr. Martha Coursey - Dean of Adult Education says “The goal of our program is to give people a pathway to success.  These are people who may have gotten off the traditional educational track.”

DeKalb County Sheriff, Thomas Brown

This year’s commencement speaker was DeKalb County Sheriff, Thomas Brown.  He offered a message of encouragement, not only for the graduates, but for the family, friends and supporters of the graduates who Brown gives credit for getting the graduates to this point.  Brown offered the graduates five points to live by as they move into the next phase of their lives.  Among the messages were challenges to take risks in life, get involved in your community and be the cause of change.  His most resonant message was, “Always listen to the genuine within yourself, so you can see the genuine that is in others,” says Brown.  He adds, “Learn how to be alone, and not be lonely so you can plot your own course for where you want to go.”  Brown was a former graduate of Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Last year 1432 people got their GED from Georgia Piedmont Technical College according to Cory Thompson, Public Relations and Information Director.  “One out of every five GED graduates transitioned into the college’s credit program.  This will enable them to continue their educational growth and move further down the highway of success,” says Thompson.  293 (20.5%) of last year’s GED graduates are now taking courses in various credit programs the college offers.

Graduates at GED ceremony

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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

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.