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GPTC Wins 18 Medals at SkillsUSA Georgia Postsecondary State Competition

Clarkston, GA - March 28, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) claimed gold and bronze medals in 12 championship categories at the 2013 SkillsUSA Postsecondary State Conference, held March 21-23 at the Georgia International Convention and Atlanta Technical College.

Students from across the state of Georgia took part in the three-day competition. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization that annually serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students–and their instructors–in technical, skilled and service-occupation instructional programs.

The following Georgia Piedmont Tech students won Gold Medals (first place) in these championship categories: Iyeshu Dunnigan - ('Customer Service'); Tanya Swan ('Employment Application'); Stephanie Love ('Job Interview'); Robert Otterson ('Motorcycle Service Technology'); Florence Anderson ('Outstanding Chapter'); and the team of Jamerson Davis, Kahina Ghafor and Atina Stevenson in the 'Career Pathways Showcase – Business Management and Administration') category.

Winning Bronze Medals (third place) were the following GPTC students in these championship categories: Shormey Armah ('Promotional Bulletin Board'); Rio Fleming ('Practical Nursing'); Kai Rouillier ('Automotive Service Technology'); and Christina Bradley ('Medical Math'); the Bronze Medal-winning team of John Copeland, Mike O'Neal and Aaron Foster won third place in the 'Occupational Health & Safety-Singles' category; and the Bronze Medal-winning team of Aaron Brown, Melvin Garrett and Marquis Bizzell won third place in the 'Entrepreneur' championship category.

Over 500 college students take part in the state competition. Georgia Piedmont Tech's gold winners in each category will move on to compete on a national level at the 49th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 23-27, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.

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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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