Georgia Piedmont Technical College, established in 1961 as DeKalb Technical Institute, is a two-year school in the Atlanta region that focuses on adult education, technical education, and career training. The college has campuses in Clarkston and Covington, as well as learning centers in the Georgia cities of Lithonia, Doraville, and Conyers.
Georgia Piedmont offers degrees in finance, criminal justice technology, management and supervisory development, paralegal studies, computer support specialist, networking specialist, electronics technology, paramedic technology, building automation systems, commercial refrigeration, early childhood care and education.
Also offered is a Technical Certificate of Credit programs, with training in fields such as Automatic Transmission, Engine Repair Technician, Crime Scene Technician, Homeland Security Specialist, Office Accounting Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Network Administrator, Car Audio System Installer, Computer System Design Specialist, Certified Nurse Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, 3D Modeling and Rendering, Pipe Welder, Early Childhood Program Administrator, Certified Customer Service Specialist, and Hospitality Customer Service Provider.
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Georgia Piedmont Technical College has an open admissions policy. Applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts or GED results. In addition, students must meet the school’s minimum score requirements on the COMPASS, SAT, ACT, or ASSET Test—scores are needed to help school officials determine if a student could use more skills in his projected field of study. Those who do not meet minimum score requirements will have to take the COMPASS Test.
Transfer students will need to submit transcripts from all previous colleges or universities. However, high school transcripts are not necessary if the student has earned an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Financial aid is available to students who need help paying their way through college. The types of aid available to students include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal College Work Study, HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, Foundation Scholarship, and Outside Scholarships. To apply for any of the federal aid programs, a student must first fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which can be done online.
This school offers a cost calculator on their website so that interested students can project how much it will cost them to attend.
Student Financial Services has also created a hotline for students to use in order to help answer any questions they may have regarding financial aid.
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Students are encouraged to get involved in activities outside of the learning classroom, and a variety of student organizations can be found on campus. These include the American Criminal Justice Association, American Design Drafting Association, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Chess Club, Delta Epsilon Chi, International Club Council, International Association of Administrative Professionals, International Student Club, Lambda Epsilon Chi, Mu Lambda Tau, Paralegal Alliance, Phi Beta Lambda, SkillsUSA, and Student Surgical Technologists.
Two honor societies, the National Technical Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa, have a presence on campus.
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The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Colleges and Schools. The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs, and the Printing and Graphics Technology programs are accredited by the Printing Industries of America, as well as National PrintED Accreditation.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.