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Georgia Piedmont Tech Students Awarded National Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarships

Clarkston, GA - December 10, 2012

Five Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) students are among 20 students, from across the United States, recently awarded the Clifford H. "Ted" Rees Jr. Scholarship from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), a national organization of industry organizations.

The following students, enrolled in GPTC's Industrial and Occupational Technologies Division programs, received AHRI scholarships:

• Errol Davis Jr.

• Michael Littles

• Odelia Parsell

• Camie Townes

• Adolph Youmans

The Institute's Clifford H. "Ted" Rees Jr. Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Ted Rees, a former president of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) –a predecessor organization to AHRI–for his efforts to encourage heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) manufacturers to provide support to strengthen vocational and technical school education nationwide. The scholarship program was established to encourage students to pursue higher education and a career as HVACR technicians. The scholarship of up to $2,000 is awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in an HVACR program at an accredited institution.

"We are extremely proud of these students, who individually reflect the wide spectrum of academic achievers around the country pursuing their diplomas and degrees in technical education today," said GPTC Air Conditioning Technology faculty member Jeryll McWhorter. "Honors bestowed upon our students by organizations such as AHRI is just another indication that technical education works."

Georgia Piedmont Tech's Division of Industrial and Occupational Technologies HVACR programs include Air Conditioning Technology, Building Automation Systems, Commercial Refrigeration, and the Green Technologies Academy.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers its Air Conditioning Technology, Building Automation Systems, and Commercial Refrigeration Program under its Division of Industrial and Occupational Technologies at Georgia.

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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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