(DeKalb County, November 1, 2018) – – Students experiencing financial hardships while pursuing their degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit at Georgia Piedmont Technical College soon will be getting some much-needed relief thanks to The Merancas Foundation, Inc.   That organization recently provided $50,000 to the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation to assist current and future students. Georgia Piedmont’s foundation is a community-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that supports students as they achieve their educational goals.

“Georgia Piedmont’s students will benefit greatly from these funds,” said Cory Thompson, executive director of Marketing and Communications and liaison to the Foundation Board of Trustees at Georgia Piedmont. “Oftentimes, just a small amount of money can make a big difference in a student’s ability to continue his or her education. Large contributions such as these help us build momentum for future gifts as well,” he continued.

Funding from The Merancas Foundation will help students who, because of financial limitations, are having difficulty paying for books, tuition, or daily living expenses. Since 2013, The Merancas Foundation has contributed more than $140,000 in financial resources for Georgia Piedmont students. Over 250 students have received Merancas funds to offset hardship situations and to help pay outstanding balances for those students who are subject to being purged from course rosters.

“At the Merancas Foundation, we support non-profits that are providing vital safety nets such as shelter, education, healthcare, and food to members of at-risk communities,” said Nicole Mermans, a board member of the Merancas Foundation. “Our organization is delighted to provide financial assistance to Georgia Piedmont students who are encountering hardships,” Mermans concluded.

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. GPTC’s graduation rate for academic year 2018, as reported by the Technical College System of Georgia, is more than 73 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 96.6 percent total job placement rate. Serving more than 4,600 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is the second largest in the state.  The college has seven 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 Candice Buckley, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1111, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103B; 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.  For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment