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New GPTC President Dr. Jabari Simama Discusses the Significance of Technical Education and Sustaining the College's Student Success

Clarkston, GA - October 11, 2012

Dr. Jabari Simama, Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) recently appointed president, candidly shared his vision for the College while engaging in thought-provoking conversation with attendees during a media briefing held in the President's Office at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Formerly DeKalb Technical College) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.

Dr. Simama expressed the importance of developing and maintaining partnerships with the public school system and the community at large to emphasize the significance of technical education. "We have to reinvigorate the mentality of educators at the kindergarten through 12th grade level. We have to remove the stigma of technical education and lift the myth that the only viable education is a liberal arts or 4-year degree."

During the media briefing turned roundtable discussion, Dr. Simama articulated his perspective on the parallels between strengthening skills and building a stronger economy. "We have to think about reinventing education in this country. If we do that I think we're going to feed our economy because there would be more people equipped with the skills necessary for jobs. Furthermore, we would have a better America because we would have human capital being able to better contribute more closely to their capacity."

The ideas and beliefs articulated by Dr. Simama, and the open dialogue with the attending guests that followed covered various topics relevant to the vision for GPTC's continued success, but at the core was to equip prospective, existing, and future GPTC students with the knowledge and ability to succeed academically and beyond. He stated, "I think what we do here is more than education –it's value-adding. I believe we contribute to the sociological advancement of society while also providing a pathway of success to students. Ultimately, we create a better society to do what we do as well as serving industry needs, stimulating the economy to create jobs, and providing a ready and able workforce.

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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.