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Georgia Piedmont Receives Significant Gift From Honda

DeKalb County - August 06, 2013

Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, will welcome and thank American Honda Motor Company, this morning at 10:00 AM, at Georgia Piedmont's DeKalb Campus, 495 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia, for their generous donation of twelve motorcycles that will be used exclusively for the training of students in the college's national award winning Motorcycle Division.

American Honda is donating the 12 bikes to the college's Motorcycle Service Technology Department. They will be used as training instruments for students enrolled in the program's one year Motorcycle Mechanics course.

"This contribution is a tremendous gift that affords more of our students in the Motorcycle Service Technology program an exceptional opportunity for continued skills development, and, to simultaneously receive hands-on training that is so crucial to their success in the motorcycle repair industry," stated Dr. Simama. "Contributions, such as this one from Honda, are critical to our ability to endow our students with the caliber of training and skill sets necessary to continue to provide the award winning workforce companies have come to expect from us. We cannot thank American Honda Motor Company enough for selecting Georgia Piedmont as the benefactor of their generosity."

Recognizing the value and necessity of developing a technically-skilled workforce to maintain its products, American Honda has been a long-time supporter of Georgia Piedmont.  "American Honda is pleased to have Honda based products become part of the training curriculum at Georgia Piedmont. We are encouraged to see students who are interested in Motorcycle Repair techniques and hope the CB125T's will assist in providing the students the experience necessary to be successful in the mechanical repair of Honda motorcycles," stated Mr. William Hanson, Manager of Honda's Motorcycle Communications and Training Office.

Prior to this gift, Honda and other motorcycle manufacturers have given Georgia Piedmont bikes and curriculum materials. This is the first time, however, that the college has received a large number of the same kind of bike at one time - "This is great," states Mike Sachs, head of the college's program. "Being able to write some lessons around these bikes, with all the students doing the same thing at the same time is going to be a treat, especially for my beginning students." Mr. Sachs says his students will first perform maintenance and repairs on the bikes and then completely disassemble them and use the bike's components for overhaul training.

Collectively valued at more than $6,000, the motorcycles arrived on Georgia Piedmont's DeKalb Campus earlier this summer.  The bikes are CB125T's; a model of bike never sold in the United States and was previously used at Honda sponsored rider training programs. Because the bikes are being retired and replaced with a more current model, students have a unique opportunity to compare the technological and mechanical differences found in domestic and international models of the company's products, identify modifications between former and current models as well as study variances between retail and non-retail, training bikes.

Georgia Piedmont's Motorcycle Service Technology Program is a one year sequence of classes that prepares students for positions in the motorcycle repair industry. The program emphasizes a combination of mechanical theory and practical experience. It includes classes in basic skills, maintenance, engines, chassis systems, electrical systems, fuel systems, as well as an internship experience.

About Jabari O. Simama, Ph.D., President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Dr. Jabari Simama, will commemorate his historic First Anniversary as President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College on September 1, 2013. Dr. Simama is an experienced administrator of two-year colleges and four-year universities. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Simama held positions of increasing responsibilities at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), University of Cincinnati, Morgan State University, and Benedict College.

He served as Vice President for Community Development and External Relations at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. He also, simultaneously, served as Executive Assistant to the college's president and chairman of a statewide consortium of technical colleges, universities, and state agencies desiring to interconnect via broadband. Associated with the consortium, he was instrumental in the South Carolina Technical College System's winning a $3 million broadband grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Jabari Simama earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from Emory University; his Master's from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University), and his Bachelor's from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book: From Civil Rights to Cyber Rights (2009).

In addition to education, Dr. Simama has had extensive experience in government as an elected member of the Atlanta City Council and executive management positions with the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County. Since his arrival, Georgia Piedmont Technical College has experienced tremendous growth.

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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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