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GPTC President Attends Signing of HB 372 by Gov. Deal

Atlanta, GA - April 24, 2013

Dr. Jabari Simama and Governor Nathan Deal
Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, congratulates Governor Nathan Deal on the signing of HB 372 on stage during the signing ceremony.

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, joined other presidents of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) as Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 372. HB 372 restores the Georgia HOPE Scholarship qualification to a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

"Today, I will be signing a Bill that will restore the 2.0 GPA, stated Governor Nathan Deal. "The success of the reforms that we made two years ago has allowed us to do some things – one of which will be symbolized by the Bill that I am signing here today," he told the attendees of the TCSG 2013 Leadership Summit.

"Restoring the 2.0 GPA for the HOPE grants will allow more of our students and community residents to receive a quality technical education," stated Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC). "This was a victory for our students; but it took teamwork of the Commissioner, legislators, students and parents, for us to be successful," he continued.

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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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