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Georgia Piedmont Technical College and DeKalb County School District Host STEM Carnival – Explorations of the Future!
One-Day Event Highlights Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Related Programs and Careers

Clarkston, GA - May 16, 2013

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will sponsor a STEM Carnival, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, in the Conference Center of Georgia Piedmont Technical College, DeKalb Campus, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021. The STEM Carnival is a one-day event focusing on STEM and Nontraditional Careers. All K-12 students, parents and teachers are invited to attend an educational carnival at no cost to them! 

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and the STEM Carnival is designed to educate the public on the benefits of technical education and technical colleges with an emphasis on nontraditional and STEM related programs offered at GPTC and DCSD. In addition to strengthening the relationship between GPTC, DCSD, and the community through this informative initiative, the upcoming STEM Carnival will also focus on empowering educators to embrace the STEM concept. Presenters participating at the STEM Carnival will include administrators and representatives from Georgia Piedmont Technical College, as well as business and industry leaders. The STEM Carnival will feature a Campus Tour, Aptitude and Interest Tests, networking opportunities, business and industry leaders, District and State K-12 personnel and GPTC staff.

"We are very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with the DeKalb County School District," stated Dr. Jabari Simama, GPTC President. "Our STEM Carnival will feature something for the entire family," he continued. "There will be workshops and demonstrations with hands on activities for our youth, as well as important information for the adults. Attendees will follow a 'pathway' through education beginning with K-8, followed by 9-12, and culminating with highlights of the many college opportunities for those students via dual degree, joint enrollment, internship opportunities and so much more!"

"I am so excited about our upcoming STEM Carnival to show the community what we, at GPTC, do best," says Director of STEM Initiatives, Dr. Natoshia Anderson. "STEM is not just a buzz word in education. It is a way of integrating various concepts together so that students will be able to see the connection to the real world. The DeKalb County School District in partnership with GPTC has worked diligently to put together an event that would serve the entire DeKalb community, and we hope that everyone finds it a valuable and worthwhile experience."

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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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