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Georgia Piedmont Tech celebrates Manufacturing Appreciation Week

Clarkston, GA - April 08, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) salutes today manufacturers throughout the state, in observance of the April 1-5 Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.

Georgia Piedmont Tech President Dr. Jabari Simama also recently joined officials in each of the College's service-delivery areas–DeKalb, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale counties–to officially recognize Manufacturing Appreciation Week.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Each year, Georgia celebrates Manufacturing Appreciation Week by recognizing some of the state's most productive companies as Manufacturers of the Year at the annual Governor's Awards' Luncheon. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 during Governor Nathan Deal's annual 'Governor's Awards Luncheon' held at the Georgia International Convention Center, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle named the following as Georgia's 2013 Manufacturers of the Year: Southwire Company (category: Large-size Company), Nordson Corporation (category: Medium-size company), and DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Ltd. (category: Small-size company).

Nearly 10,000 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing jobs for more than 450,000 residents across the state, and accounts for almost 10 percent of employment in the state.


Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama (left) and DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis (right) exchange a handshake following the signing of a proclamation, issued by DeKalb County, recognizing Georgia's Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. Back row: Georgia Piedmont Technical College Vice President of Economic Development Richard Smith (left) and Keith Sagers, executive director and special assistant to the President Simama.

 


Recognizing Manufacturing Week in Georgia. Front row (left to right): Morgan County Board of Commissioners Chair Ellen Warren; City of Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert; Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Dr. Jabari Simama. Back row (left to right), standing: Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Vice President of Economic Development Richard Smith; Morgan County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Hughes; and Keith Sagers, executive director and special assistant to the GPTC President Simama.

 


Recognizing Manufacturing Week in Georgia. Seated (left to right): Mayor of the City of Covington Ronnie Johnston; Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) President Dr. Jabari Simama; and Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair Keith Ellis. Back row (left to right), standing: GPTC Director of Community Outreach and Engagement James Johnson; Mark Bible, plant manager at General Mills; Keith Sagers, executive director and special assistant to GPTC President Simama; Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Roger Harrison; and GPTC Vice President of Economic Development Richard Smith.

 


Recognizing Manufacturing Week in Georgia. Back row, standing: Gina Hartsell of the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council; Pratt Industries Commercial Manager Terry Taschwer; Rockdale County Community Affairs & Innovative Programs Director Tonya Parker; Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce President Fred Boscarino; President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Vice President of Economic Development Richard Smith; Keith Sagers, executive director and special assistant to GPTC President Simama; and City of Conyers City Council Economic Development Committee Chair Vince Evans. Seated (left to right): City of Conyers Mayor Randy Mills and GPTC President Dr. Jabari Simama.

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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, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu 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, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu 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 https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

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