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GPTC to hosts Developmental Education Conference
Renowned Educator, Dr. Sally Search, to be Keynote Speaker

Clarkston, GA - January 16, 2013

The General Studies Division of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will host a Reforming Developmental Education Conference January 17-18 at its DeKalb Campus Conference Center at 495 N. Indian Creek Dr., Clarkston GA 30021

The conference will serve as a platform during which experts in English, math, and reading discussed innovative conceptual frameworks that are able to assist colleges in successfully reforming Learning Support.

Dr. Sally Search, Quality Enhancement Plan director and dean of academic support at Tallahassee Community College (TCC) in Tallahassee, Fla., will be the keynote speaker at the two-day conference. The National Council for Academic Transformation (NCAT) deems Dr. Search a scholar and expert in reforming developmental learning. During her distinguished career, Dr. Search has held several appointments, including professor of mathematics, former interim director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and lead faculty member of TCC's redesign of the developmental studies program. In her work, Dr. Search has stood committed to transforming the lives of students and brings a breadth of knowledge to topics centering student success and program redesign.

As a committed Achieving the Dream Institution, Georgia Piedmont Tech has developed a cohesive plan to reform Learning Support curricula, thereby improving the attrition rates of students matriculating from Learning Support to gateway courses.

The conference is scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM both days.  For more information on the conference contact Anita Miller at or 404-297-9522 ext. 1243

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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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