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Georgia Piedmont Tech Hosts Panel Discussion During Job, Career and Education Expo

Clarkston, GA - August 17, 2012


Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosted a panel discussion, 'Great Education Works: Partnering to Build a Highly Skilled Workforce in Georgia,' during the Job, Career Awareness & Education Expo held on August 16 at the College's Conference Center.

Panel-discussion topics included: entering and re-entering the workforce; changing career paths; enhancing skills for career-enhancement; and the effectiveness of educational institutions partnering with business and industry to meet the skilled labor demands in Georgia.

Featured on the six-member panel were Richard Smith, vice president of economic development at GPTC; Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Office of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development at the State of Georgia; David Wright, director of training at MARTA; Debra Howell, workforce development manager at Georgia Power; Dianne Andrews, staffing manager at AT&T; and Robert Gordon, manager of the DeKalb Career Center at the Georgia Department of Labor. Charlotte Dudley, business and industry specialist with the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Office of Economic Development served as moderator.

"Our primary goal of the panel discussion was to help expo attendees understand that sometimes their new career path will start with a decision to obtain the valuable skills needed to procure gainful employment in the workforce," said Dudley. "Institutions like GPTC not only provide the skills, but also the partnerships with business and industry to assist with the employment opportunities. Georgia Piedmont Tech is a great place to start!"

"Ensuring that the citizens of Georgia have educational resources they need to find success in the workforce is crucial to the strength of our economy," said Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development with the State of Georgia. "Governor Deal's Go Build Georgia initiative is an excellent resource for those looking to pursue a career in the skilled trades. We have 16,500 of these jobs opening in the next year, and we want to see Georgians filling these positions."

During the panel discussion the GPTC Office of Economic Development conducted a drawing, during which attendee Ethel Blackmon of DeKalb County won a scholarship to attend GPTC's Pathways to Excellence Customer Service Training Program. Blackmon's scholarship includes supplies–a laptop computer and a headset, which she will receive upon registering for the program.

"The panel–and the expo itself–provided an excellent forum to collectively discuss the various technical careers that available to people in our community, said Richard Smith, vice president of economic development at Georgia Piedmont Tech. "It was also an opportunity make the community aware of the multitude of training resources available at Georgia Piedmont Technical College."

The free Job, Career Awareness & Education Expo was sponsored by the Georgia District 11 PTA and the Georgia Department of Labor in collaboration with the DeKalb County School District and Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Photo: At the 'Great Education Works: Partnering to Build a Highly Skilled Workforce in Georgia' (from left to right): Tricia Pridemore, executive director of the Office of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development at the State of Georgia; Debra Howell, workforce development manager at Georgia Power; Richard Smith, vice president of economic development at GPTC; Ethel Blackmon, winner of the scholarship to attend GPTC's Pathways to Excellence Customer Service Training Program; Charlotte Dudley, business and industry specialist with the GPTC Office of Economic Development; Dianne Andrews, staffing manager at AT&T; Robert Gordon, manager of the DeKalb Career Center at the Georgia Department of Labor; and David Wright, director of training at MARTA.

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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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