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DeKalb Tech receives grant funds from Complete College America

September 26, 2011

DeKalb Technical College has received $98,500 as part of the $1 million Completion Innovation Challenge grant recently awarded to Georgia by the Complete College America (CCA) program.

The grant was awarded to fuel policy innovations and reforms aimed at significantly increasing college completion. DeKalb Tech (soon to be Georgia Piedmont Technical College) is one of two institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to receive grant funds, the other being Athens Technical College. Two University System of Georgia (USG) institutions also received funds, Georgia Gwinnett College and the College of Coastal Georgia. All four schools will use the funds to pilot innovative remediation programs.

Georgia is one of 10 states (out of 33 that applied) to win the grant. The 18-month implementation grants support innovative, high-impact college completion initiatives designed to enhance student success and close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. The schools' programs will require students to complete technology-based diagnostic assessments to determine the level of remediation required for each student. The innovation will incorporate modularized remediation coursework in which students work at an individualized pace. It will also provide students with opportunities to enroll simultaneously in college-level courses and diagnostic-based learning support programs. If the schools' programs achieve success by meeting benchmarks, their programs will serve as models for the other colleges, universities and technical colleges in the state.

DeKalb Tech will receive CCA funding over 18 months to develop innovative teaching methods. The new funding allows the college to broaden the reach of its current Learning Support Program, which serves any prospective student whose basic academic skills (reading, language and math) are below the minimum levels recommended to enter a credit program at the college. The result of that broadened reach is the January 2012 launch of the college's full-service, computer-equipped Learning Support Lab, where students will be able to receive one-on-one tutoring by "learning coaches," who will help students remediate skills in which they are deficient.

"With this redesign, the plan is: At whatever level a student tests, it is hoped that it would take no more than two terms to get through learning-support," says Dr. Tanya Gorman, vice president of Academic Affairs, "meaning that if they tested at the very lowest level, they could still finish and be program-ready in two semesters. If they tested in the middle or higher level, they could conceivably complete all of their learning-support courses in one term and be ready to enter their program of study in their second term."

Each of the college's technical-education programs has established a description of entry-level reading, language, and math competencies. Learning Support classes provide learning experiences in those three subjects, aiding the student in mastering the skills needed for admission to their selected program of study.

Gorman says that the initiative lends major support to the college's retention of students.

"Data and statistics say that if students can get engaged in their preferred area of interest and choose a program of study early on in their college experience–rather than having them spend two or three terms just getting ready to get into their program of study, the retention is going to improve," says Gorman.

Complete College America is a national nonprofit organization that aims to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree or credential of value and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community. Effective October 1, 2011, DeKalb Technical College will become Georgia Piedmont Technical College. The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. DeKalb Technical College currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover more than 120 different occupations. For more information, visit our website at

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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.