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GPTC Appoints Head of State's Largest Adult Ed. Program
Dr. Jackie Echols to lead GPTC's Adult Education Program

Clarkston, GA - January 08, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College today announces the appointment of Dr. Jacqueline Echols to head the Department of Adult Education. Echols will be the Dean of Adult Education at the college, which has the largest adult education program in the State of Georgia. Every year Georgia Piedmont Technical College serves the needs of more than 9,000 people who need programs in adult education. Dr. Echols appointment becomes effective January 7, 2012. "Dr. Echols is a dynamic leader with innovative ideas on how to address the growing need of adults who want to continue their education through learning the English language or obtaining their General Education Diploma (GED)," said Dr. Mariam Dittmann, vice president of Academic Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC).

The mission of adult education at Georgia Piedmont Technical College is to promote and improve literacy skills by providing literacy and English language services that are responsive to the citizens of the community. The goal is to prepare adult education students to access higher education or employment opportunities in a competitive workplace. To accomplish this, the college provides basic, intermediate and advanced level instruction in literacy and English language education.

Echols has been a part of the Technical College System of Georgia since March of 2010 where she served as Grant Coordinator. Prior to that Echols worked as Assistant Vice President in two roles at Benedict College in Columbia South Carolina as well as Director of Development & Evaluation at Benedict College. Echols has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Education from Atlanta University, and Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Tuskegee Institute. Echols replaces Dr. Martha Coursey who retired from GPTC at the end of November.

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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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