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Community College Week Names Georgia Piedmont Technical College to Top Producer Lists GPTC’s Marketing Program Ranks 18th in the Nation
GPTC’s Marketing Program Ranks 18th in the Nation

Clarkston, GA - July 16, 2012

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has been named one of the top degree and certificate producing institutions by Community College Week. Annually, this bi-weekly publication covering community, technical and junior colleges presents a special report featuring the top 100 degree and certificate producing two-year institutions. The report contains 44 different categories, including associate degrees awarded by discipline. This year, GPTC advanced to 18th in the nation in the category of ‘General Sales, Merchandising, and Related Marketing Operations’. The ranking is based on awarding 22 associates degrees in the Marketing Program during the 2010-2011 school year.

“The Marketing Program at GPTC continues to be ranked nationally as one of the top producers of graduates for employment in the field of marketing. This represents excellent recognition of the quality of the program, students and the Director, Ms. Karen Howard,” says Dr. Tanya Gorman, Vice President of Academic Affairs at GPTC. “This year the College also, once again, made the Top 100 list, ranking 47th of the Top 100 producers of program completers – all disciplines – for programs less than one year in length. These recognitions demonstrate the College’s commitment to the accomplishment of its Mission, which is preparation of graduates for employment in a global community. GPTC and the Marketing Program are proud to be recognized by Community College Week in this manner.”

The Marketing Program prepares students for professional careers in promotions, sales, distribution, market research, entrepreneurship, merchandising and other related occupations. Program features include business plan writing, advertising campaign creation, point-of-purchase display designing, sales script drafting, and strategic goals and plan development. Additionally, team projects, presentations and on-the-job training give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and marketing skills.

“I believe the quality of the education provided by GPTC is the primary reason students attend. The program combines marketing theory with assignments that allow students to apply their new knowledge to marketing opportunities and realistic business situations. We are able to retain and graduate students because of the scheduling flexibility that allows students to decide if they prefer morning, evening or online classes, which provides better balance of their work, college and family obligations,” comments Karen Howard, Marketing Program instructor. Student Elizabeth Wiley adds, “As a student in the Marketing Program pursuing Entrepreneurship, I have benefited from the offering of so many interesting courses, as well as Ms. Howard as an advisor and instructors who are passionate about the program, the students and the school. I would recommend this program at GPTC to anyone.”

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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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