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Georgia Piedmont Tech receives top honors for greatest number of U.S. citizenship awards

Clarkston, GA - November 15, 2011

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) received top honors from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)–for the greatest number of students awarded U.S. citizenship–during the system's 2011 Fall Adult Education Conference, held October 12-14 in Atlanta.

During the awards luncheon at the conference, hosted by TCSG's Office of Adult Education at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, GPTC's Adult Education Program was named fiscal year (FY) 2011 winner of the service-delivery area with the greatest number of students awarded citizenship. GPTC's service delivery area includes DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton and Morgan counties. TCSG also recognized Georgia Piedmont Tech's Adult Education Program for collaborating with community partners to achieve a 27.8 percent increase in the number of GED graduates between the calendar years of 2009 and 2010, within the medium-size category of 202-500 graduates. Also honored from GPTC was LaTanya McMillan, who received the FY 2011 Job Corps GED Graduate of the Year Award. The TCSG oversees the Georgia's technical colleges, adult-literacy programs and a host of economic- and workforce-development programs.

"Georgia Piedmont Tech was the first colleges in the state, and one of the first in the country to offer free citizenship classes to immigrants. The program began back in the early 1980s, and since that time approximately 2,500 students from 56 countries have become U.S. Citizens after attending citizenship classes," says GPTC's Dean of Adult Education Dr. Martha Coursey.

In September, GPTC (Formerly DeKalb Technical College) held its ninth annual Constitution Day and U.S. Citizenship Celebration, during which 47 students and former students were identified as having become new United States citizens during the 2011 fiscal year. The program, coordinated by the College's Adult Education Program, is designed to honor and celebrate students who have come through the free citizenship course work at GPTC.

"This significant milestone in students' lives is proudly acknowledged each year, when new citizens are invited to come and be recognized at the annual celebration," Coursey adds.

Citizenship-preparation classes are held through GPTC at the Community Education Center, located at 5745 Buford Highway, Doraville, Ga. 30340. For more information, call (404) 297-9522, ext. 4000.

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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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