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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Nominated for Bellwether Award

Clarkston, GA - October 11, 2012

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has been nominated for a 2013 Bellwether Award for its STEM One Project, an initiative aimed at introducing girls to nontraditional and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The award is sponsored by the Community Colleges Futures Assembly.

The nomination comes following the efforts of GPTC's Computer Graphics and Design program faculty member Dr. Natoshia Anderson and Special Populations/Equity Coordinator Roslyn Bogle, whose provocative presentation "A Successful Partnership: The STEM One Project" at the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity held April in Washington, D.C., made the College eligible to compete for a Bellwether Award. The prestigious Bellwether Award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges. The awards are presented annually at the Community College Futures Assembly and are granted in three categories: 'Instructional Programs and Services'; 'Planning, Governance and Finance'; and 'Workforce Development' (for which GPTC was nominated).

"The College is delighted to be nominated for this award. It's an honor to have the program recognized," says Dr. Anderson. "It is our belief that girls can be and do anything they desire. Also, it is our job as women role models, and as a college, to ensure that girls are aware of all of the opportunities that are available to them–that they are not limited by their gender or by what society tells them they can and cannot do."

Through its STEM One Project, GPTC works with the local DeKalb County Schools system and has been successful in providing awareness, recruiting, and ensuring retention of women and young girls into STEM and other nontraditional programs offered by the College.

The Assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum, both for key opinion leaders to work as a "think tank" in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges and to recognize Bellwether-finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions. With the theme Forces for Good, the 2013 Assembly will be held January 26-29 at the Hilton WDW in Orlando, Fla. Finalists will be competitively selected and invited to present at the Assembly.

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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.