(DeKalb County, November 1, 2018) – – Two of Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s online programs, which are offered through its School of Business, Computer Information Systems and New Media, have been recognized by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) as being among the best online programs in the nation.

ACO ranked Georgia Piedmont’s online computer programming curriculum in the Top Five in the nation. According to its website, ACO’s objective is “to help students find the best-fitting program for them.” Financial aid opportunities, student-teacher ratios and program costs are factors that ACO considered in determining its rankings.

Additionally, ACO ranked Georgia Piedmont’s online business management program among the Top 30 in the country. The nature of the coursework, as well as program flexibility, were key criteria ACO used in evaluating the curriculum.

“While I am proud of our faculty, these rankings do not surprise me,” said Susan Wright, dean of the School of Business, Computer Information Systems and New Media.   “I believe the BCISNM faculty have discovered the secret combination of factors needed to engage Georgia Piedmont’s on-line learners.  The instructors who teach in our virtual classrooms are well- prepared, and they focus on learning.  Most of all, they are passionate about student success,” Wright added.

Only accredited, public, not-for-profit institutions with at least one online program were eligible for placement in these rankings. The categories ACO used to identify the best online programs for 2018 include acceptance rates, tuition rates, graduation rates and types of degrees awarded by the colleges.

“In our seventh annual survey of online learning programs across the nation, we honor the colleges and universities that are providing innovative ways for students to complete a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, chief executive officer and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more accessible and more affordable,” Schuessler concluded.

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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 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
About Affordable Colleges Online
In operation since 2012, ACO provides quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.