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Zaundra Brown
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Georgia Piedmont T.C. Unveils New Brand

Covington - October 13, 2011

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) proudly unveils its new look to the public in a series of unveiling ceremonies. The College, formerly known as DeKalb Technical College is changing its name to better reflect the community it serves. The day-long bus tour kicks off a month of events and activities that will christen the College's new name and launch a 50 year celebration. "The month of October begins with a whirlwind tour of our four county service area, and will end with a big 50th birthday bash," says Cory Thompson, Georgia Piedmont Technical College's public relations and information director.

On Monday October 3, 2011, the college began with a ceremony at the founding campus at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston Georgia. A program that included words from the College's acting president, Larry Teems, representatives from the Board of Directors and the GPTC Foundation, and a brief video about the overall rebranding project. Then the College's new name was revealed on the marquee in front of the campus. This was followed by a brief reception. The same series of events were held in Rockdale, Newton and Morgan counties throughout the day.

"This was an historic day for the College," says acting president, Larry Teems. "We are building on the foundation of the past 50 years, and laying the groundwork for an exciting future," says Teems.

The Board of Directors of the Technical College System of Georgia approved the name change in April of 2011, but the college has been working on the reinvention of itself for nearly two years. The celebration will continue on October 24, 2011 when the College will hold a 50th Anniversary Convocation that will focus on the rich history of the College. Later that week, noted Historian Dr. Paul Hudson will be a guest speaker on campus. The end of the week will wrap up with the College's Fall Festival and Birthday Bash that will be held simultaneously at both the DeKalb Campus in Clarkston and the Newton Campus in Covington.

Georgia Piedmont 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. The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. Georgia Piedmont 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 Georgia Piedmont 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.