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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Signs New Sustainability Agreement!
President Simama Signs Agreement with Emerald Cities

DeKalb County - June 11, 2013

President Simama Signs Agreement with Emerald Cities

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), announced a new partnership with Emerald Cities before a room of environmental, education and community leaders.  The college and local non-profit have agreed to collaboratively create and implement a comprehensive campus-wide sustainability program designed to transform institutional operations and create a leading advocate and demonstration center for green technologies related skills training and environmental education.

"Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a leader in sustainable technology training in the state of Georgia and the nation." stated President Simama. "We are excited to partner with Emerald Cities Atlanta to take our programs and training to a higher level. Our collaboration will undoubtedly yield stronger and more sustainable communities to leave for future generations to come."

"We are excited about the opportunity to introduce energy efficiency to the technical colleges in a way that drives down campus operating cost but also supports student enrollment, completion and job placement through our workforce pipeline that provides additional "green job" training," said Antiqua Cleggett, Executive Director of Emerald Cities Metro Atlanta.

About Emerald Cities
Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating greater economic opportunities for all.  They are transforming the energy efficiency sector by creating high wage jobs and revitalizing the local economies of r metropolitan regions. In the Metro area, there is strong collaboration between the building trades and community organizations, paving the way for a pipeline of projects that include integrated energy and water retrofits of large commercial, municipal and area technical college properties in DeKalb County and beyond.

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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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