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Zaundra Brown
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GPTC Office of Career and Assessment Services hosts open house

February 28, 2013

More than 50 Georgia Piedmont Tech students, staff, faculty members, and administrators dropped by the Office of Career and Assessment Services to attend its festive 'Open House,' held at the DeKalb Campus in Clarkston, Ga., on January 30.

The two-hour event offered members of the campus community (as well as external surrounding community residents) an opportunity to meet the Career and Assessment Services staff, to tour the suite of offices, and to learn how the Office can personally guide students in their career-development process throughout their time at GPTC.

During the event, the Office showcased its many services, which include assisting individuals with: writing resumes, cover letters and thank-you letters; coaching on interviewing skills; learning successful job-search techniques; professional imaging; career seminars; information-gathering and/or online job-searching; and much more. While there, many of the guests registered with the Office and began taking advantage of the variety of offerings that very day.

"Our goal is to ensure that all students are familiar with the resources and career services available to them well before they graduate," said Job Location and Development Specialist Adelaide Richardson of the Office. "The most in-demand service offered to individuals by the Career Services includes providing strategic job-search action plans, which includes document-preparations and soft skills needed to land a successful career. Career Assessment is also becoming an increasingly in-demand service as people explore career paths best suited for them."

The open house featured impromptu, spirited trivia-game rounds-led by GPTC Job Location and Development Specialist Adelaide Richardson, M.Ed.-during which guests answered Office of Career and Assessment Services-related questions. Prizes were awarded to winners–many who were quite knowledgeable (and competitive!) about the vast services available. As guests mingled and chatted with the staff and each other, many enjoyed the assortment of tasty snacks and refreshing beverages. Richardson said the Office hosts the open house once a semester.

"I graduate in the fall, and my goal is to work in the field of building automation," said Abdulahi Ali, a building automation and commercial refrigeration student who attended the open house. "So, I came to get assistance with enhancing my resume."

The purpose of the Office of Career and Assessment Services is to assist GPTC students, community residents, and employers in matching individuals' interests, abilities, skills, training and experience with available employment opportunities. The office also aims to equip students with the job-search and nontechnical skills required to be successful in the workplace. One of the many highlights of the Office is its offering of an online tool, Optimal Resume, to help individuals manage their career-development process and to assist them with their job search. Through the Optimal Resume system, users are able to view employment opportunities sent to Georgia Piedmont Tech by employers. Optimal Resume permits users to post their resumes online, and it also allows employers to view and retrieve those resumes.

For more information about Georgia Piedmont Tech's Office of Career and Assessment Services, call (404) 297-9522, ext. 1109, or e-mail the staff at Or come by the Office, located in Room A169 of Building A at the DeKalb Campus in Clarkston. The Office's hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Call the office directly for information about services offered at the College's Newton Campus in Covington, Ga., at the Community Education Center location in Doraville, Ga., and at the Newton Campus Building D in Covington.

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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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