(DeKalb County, August 21, 2018) – – Several students are arriving on the campus of Georgia Piedmont Technical College with scholarship money in hand as classes begin this week. The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation awarded scholarships to six deserving students. Prospective recipients fill out an application form and, in some instances, submit a written essay as part of their application packets.

Signs of the new semester are abundant at Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s three campuses, with new and returning students acclimating themselves to their surroundings, trying to locate parking places, and meeting their instructors.

The college is pleased to announce that Fabrice Dash, Parrish Patton, Khin Joe Mon, Anna Weaver, Ariane Reyes-Gayle, and Jacklyn Kinsey are the finalists for fall semester scholarships.

“I’m ecstatic about receiving this scholarship,” said Parrish Patton, who received the Five Seasons and R. Pat Rogers HVAC scholarship. “I’m planning to use the money to offset my living expenses so I can concentrate on my studies,” he said. “I’m in my fourth semester in Building Automation Systems, so earning my diploma is just around the corner. The program offered by Georgia Piedmont is excellent, so I am planning to attend school a little longer so I can get an associate degree in Building Automation Systems. I’m grateful to the donor for making this extra money possible,” Patton said.

Other students expressed their gratitude for their scholarships. “I am a single mother of four children, so I am glad to have received $500 through the Joan Lewis Memorial Scholarship. I applied for this scholarship because the college has changed its financial aid procedures,” said Anna Weaver. “One of my instructors suggested that I apply for scholarships. I applied for five scholarships and received one. However, I am so happy to be the recipient because I really want to be a teacher. My area of study is Early Childhood Care and Education. I’m planning to graduate in May of 2019,” she stated.

Jacklyn Kinsey, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business management, will use the money she received toward tuition, fees and textbooks that are necessary for Georgia Piedmont’s paralegal studies program. “I’m so thankful I was selected to receive the Paul M. Starnes Memorial Scholarship. That scholarship, combined with a hardship grant I received from the foundation, will enable me to continue my studies. Without that support, I would not have been able to enroll this semester,” Kinsey remarked. “I didn’t qualify for other forms of assistance, so I appreciate the support I’ve received from the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation,” she concluded.

College officials are encouraged by initial enrollment figures for fall semester, which officially began on August 18, 2018. Approximately 2,490 students enrolled in for-credit programs, while 839 students are participating in dual enrollment. The dual enrollment program enables high school students to earn college credit while still in high school.

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 economy. In August 2016, the Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked Georgia Piedmont among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment. GPTC’s graduation rate, as reported by the Technical College System of Georgia in its 2017 annual Benchmark and Supplemental Reports, is more than 82 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 99.5 percent total job placement rate. Serving more than 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is the second largest in the state. The college has 11 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale 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 Dr. Perrin Alford, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1231, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Lolita Morrison, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1210, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-157 for assistance.