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GPTC Wins "Gold" at National Competition
Six Students Medal in SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City Mo.

Clarkston, GA - July 02, 2012


Seven Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) students spent last week in Kansas City Missouri competition in the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Jayson Holland competed in the Motorcycle Service Technology category.  His advisor academic advisor, Mike Sachs accompanied him to the national competition. Jacquelyn Williams, Precious Bright and Cotina Howard competed in Tech Prep Showcase-Business, Management and Technology. This group won the gold medal in their category over competitors from Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton Florida and Rolla Technical Institute in Rolla Missouri, who won silver and bronze medals respectively.  Their GPTC advisor was Christine Harden Hamilton who also serves the college as the clubs and organizations coordinator.  Humberto Fragoso, Rodney Williams and Shana Baker won gold in the Tech Prep Showcase – Industrial and Engineering Technology category.  Dr. Natoshia Anderson is a drafting and design instructor and the group’s advisor.  They beat competition from PTEC Saint Petersburg Campus in St. Petersburg Florida (Silver) and Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton Florida. (Bronze).  “We are very proud of our students who have worked hard, not only in the classroom and on the state level, but now in national competition.  Their hard work, determination and dedication have paid off and puts Georgia Piedmont Technical College on the national map once again,” said Larry Teems, Acting President of GPTC. (Formerly DeKalb Technical College)

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The seven students from GPTC won gold in their respective categories at the state competition in the spring to advance to national competition in Kansas City Missouri last week.  Mike Sachs, a motorcycle technology instructor reflects on how monumental this convention and competition is. “Carpenters are framing walls, plumbers are installing pipes, masons are building chimneys, chefs are bakers and mechanics are diligently diagnosing and repairing. There are people cutting hair, people cutting metal, mock hospital rooms and crime scenes, as well as traffic stops and construction equipment. Robots are being built, and then put to work, and of course, cars and motorcycles are being diagnosed and repaired,” said Sachs. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Photo: (l to r) Rodney Williams, Humberto Fragoso, Jacquelyn Williams & Precious Bright show off their gold medals at SkillsUSA national competition

Additional photos on GPTC’s Facebook page

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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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