To create unforgettable learning experiences.
Our vision describes the ideal result of our work. We foster learning to our students and among one another that makes a positive, lasting impact. If we embrace our values, achieve our goals and succeed in our mission, our vision will be realized.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, promotes workforce development within a learner-centered environment through adult education, technical education and customized business and industry training in DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties. GPTC offers learners the opportunity to enhance, refine or develop their education, earning associate’s degrees, diplomas or certificates through traditional and distance delivery methods.
Our values are internally held principles from which our culture stems. Our values guide the attitude and intention with which we approach our work.
Be teachable. Use knowledge effectively. Challenge others to learn.
Recognize the need for change.
Be mindful of people’s needs. Engage positively when interacting.
Be forgiving of inconveniences.
Influence with integrity. Own the work. Respect diversity.
Take initiative developing solutions.
These goals will be the focus of our work throughout the next five years. Divisional, departmental and individual objectives are aligned to these institution-wide initiatives.
Read Georgia Piedmont Tech's Strategic Goals
Goal I: Promote Student Success
In whatever manner students engage with the college, we will build an environment that supports their success.
- Implement instructional best practices to enhance student
learning and foster an inclusive learning environment
- Offer educational programs to match the specific needs of the college’s service delivery area with a special emphasis on
- Strengthen Adult Education sites
- Develop initiatives to transition students from Adult
Education to credit-based programs of study
- Initiate a student-centered completion campaign that
encourage full-time enrollment
- Increase student involvement in clubs and organizations
- Improve the quality of distance education courses
- Identify and develop programs that encourage quick, efficient
program completion, including distance education offerings
- Evaluate academic program performance to ensure quality, vigor and relevance for the world of work
Goal II: Foster Engagement
Both internally and externally, we will connect with intention and remain unified in pursuit of our mission.
- Facilitate a responsive, learner-centered culture that promotes learning, service and leadership
- Engage community partners in developing effective and efficient credit and non-credit programs that support students’ attainment
of relevant skills
- Strengthen relationships with local school districts to create
seamless pathways for students
- Conduct needs assessment and offer educational programs that
meet workforce demands of the service delivery area
- Deliver high-quality, customized contract training to enhance
workforce skills with an emphasis on high-demand career fields
- Increase visibility of the college in each county served through social media and targeted outreach activities
- Develop and implement recruitment activities targeted to
introduce middle school and high school students to technical
education programs with a special emphasis on high-demand
- Promote an environment that supports and recognizes learning, service and leadership, for both full-time and part-time employees
- Invest in professional development activities that are inclusive of all employees
- Establish greater opportunities for employees to participate in decision-making processes
- Provide exemplary orientation for all new employees
Goal III: Strengthen Infrastructure
From physical facilities to processing procedures, we will operate with strength and stability.
- Implement a user-friendly, institutional dashboard for daily,
monthly and annual reporting functions
- Implement the 2020-2025 Master Plan
- Identify and pursue funding sources beyond state and federal
allocations to include grants, scholarships and charitable
- Improve and expand physical facilities to better serve the service delivery area
- Enhance information technology infrastructure to support student learning and operational efficiency
- Enhance Campus Security measures with a special emphasis on
staffing, training and leveraging technology
Student Growth & Development
Georgia Piedmont Technical College prides itself on helping students grow, mature and achieve their professional goals. A part of this mission is to help students develop certain skill sets that will not only enhance their academic learning, but will serve them well in the job market and in life. These skills include effective communication and learning to analyze information among other things. We call these “Core Competencies”.
Read Georgia Piedmont Tech's Core Competencies
Georgia Piedmont Technical College has identified College-level Core Competencies expected of graduates. These Core Competencies are embedded and assessed throughout and within programs of study and courses in the School of Arts and Sciences.
- Demonstrate an ability to read and listen with comprehension
- Speak and write clearly using Standard English
- Interact cooperatively with others using both verbal and non-verbal means
- Demonstrate information processing through basic computer skills and multimedia
- Organize and analyze information and/or data into systematic parts
- Identify relationships between concepts and put them in logical and/or sequential order
- Demonstrate an ability to organize, analyze and integrate information from different sources
- Make inference from insufficient data to trigger further investigation
- Draw logical conclusions based on analysis of data and information
- Make connections and logical conclusions in learning across disciplines
- Use appropriate search strategies and resources to find, evaluate, and use information
- Apply learning in academic, public, and personal situations
- Identify and refine information for investigation and query
- Evaluate information from different possible sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, and appropriateness for needs
- Extract relevant information from a source
Sociocultural and International Awareness
- Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship of the individual to the biological and physical environment
- Demonstrate an awareness of self as an individual member of a multicultural global community
- Recognize the diversity of the local and global community, including cultural, social, political, and economic differences
- Participate in projects requiring productive interaction with culturally-diverse people, ideas, and values
- Evaluate information and draw conclusions based upon awareness of ethics/work ethics employability criteria