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Ga. Piedmont to Host First NADE Training in Georgia
Training will pave the way for certified programs in Georgia

Clarkston, GA - April 03, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will host the first National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Training Institute ever held in Georgia at the college's DeKalb campus Friday, April 5, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

There are 69 NADE certified programs across the country but none in Georgia. The training will position the participating colleges to be eligible for Developmental Coursework Certification, thus ensuring that their programs are utilizing best practices and operating according to national standards of excellence. College representatives from across Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama will attend the one-day institute.

The institute will provide training for colleges that are committed to improving student success and college completion rates, especially for students who need remedial assistance in the areas of math, English and reading. As an Achieving the Dream institution and a partner in Complete College Georgia, GPTC is focused on improving matriculation from developmental courses to gateway (core) courses.

"The majority of undergraduates in Georgia and across the nation are enrolled in two-year institutions; a high percentage of entering students are not college-ready and require remediation in math, English or reading. In order to increase college completion rates, we must address this critical need, and GPTC is pleased to provide leadership in this area," said Dr. Jabari Simama, GPTC President.

Students who test into developmental courses range from recent high school graduates to adults who are returning to the classroom after being in the workforce for a number of years. With the appropriate instruction and support, they have the potential to be as successful as the students who didn't test into developmental courses. GPTC's role is to help them make the transition, complete college and achieve their goals.

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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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