For the second consecutive semester, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is boasting a major growth in its enrollment. Reports from the Technical College System of Georgia show Georgia Piedmont with an enrollment growth of nearly seven percent compared to the end of spring semester 2022; Georgia Piedmont has the sixth highest such measurement in the TCSG. The enrollment at GPTC currently stands at 2,526 (a 10 percent increase from this time last year) and will likely go even higher since the college is still registering students for what many call a ‘mini-mester,’ a shortened academic window that starts on March 6.
“Being able to announce that Georgia Piedmont will likely eclipse a 10 percent enrollment growth for the second consecutive semester speaks volumes about the GPTC staff and processes we have in place,” said Dr. Shawn Adams, vice president of student affairs. “Being able to provide the services and resources for our students to register and be successful is an all-hands-on deck scenario. Recruiting and marketing the college is everyone’s job here.”
“Our growth is reflective of what’s happening in our local job markets,” added Georgia Piedmont President Dr. Tavarez Holston. “Employers are actively looking for people with technical skills that are best acquired by attending a technical college like GPTC. Technical education yields an exponential return on investment for our state.”
Another large part of the credit for the enrollment hike goes to high school students in DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties. These young people are taking advantage of Georgia’s dual enrollment opportunity offered through GPTC.
“Right now, we have more than 800 high school students earning college credit at Georgia Piedmont Technical College,” Dr. Adams said. “Our college is nearing pre-pandemic levels with this population – primarily because our recruiters are once again allowed to engage with students and staff at their respective high schools.”
Georgia Piedmont Technical Colleges offers more than 200 academic programs of study, adult education services and customized training through its economic development division. For more information or to apply online, visit gptc.edu.