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Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Georgia Piedmont Technical College Rating: 3.7/5 (15 votes)

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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4425th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 113th in Georgia and 3321st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Clarkston, GA 30021-2397
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population24,374 (24,374 urban / N/A rural)
Households8,492 (2.87 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,330
Families5,447 (3.45 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1304

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4304th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,040 $2,040 $4,080
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $506 $506 $506
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $85 $85 $170
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,346 $5,346 $7,386
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,146 $17,146 $19,186
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,146 $8,146 $10,186

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,246 $2,378 $2,246 $2,378 $4,046 $4,298
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,800(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 16 1,021 40 39 6 297 15 1,464
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 77 1 10 25 3 117
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 20 1 5 26
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 4 155 4 7 28 1 201
Banking and Financial Support Services 3 5 8
Business Administration and Management, General 34 2 5 41
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 56 1 5 1 66
Child Care and Support Services Management 14 1 15
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 5 1 1 1 9
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 2 2 1 1 7
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 4 1 1 1 7
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 31 1 1 9 42
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 2 2
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 6 1 1 8
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 4 1 1 6
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor 2 2
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 23 1 5 29
Criminal Justice/Police Science 9 1 9 20
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 53 3 1 12 1 77
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 13 2 15
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 16 1 4 21
Design and Visual Communications, General 3 1 4
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 9 4 4 2 19
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 65 5 71
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 1 1 5
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 1 14 1 1 1 19
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28 4 2 1 65 101
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 3 2 5
Fire Services Administration 1 3 4
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 129 5 5 20 2 167
Homeland Security
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 39 4 45
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 2 1 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 9 1 6 1 17
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 20 12 32
Lineworker 1 4 6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 1 4 14
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 1 1 6
Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician 4 3 8 15
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist 2 1 1 4
Network and System Administration/Administrator 23 7 30
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 30 5 11 47
Operations Management and Supervision
Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions, Other
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 19 2 21
Optometric Technician/Assistant
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 1 12 9 22
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 2 2
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations 7 1 1 9
Small Business Administration/Management
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 29 1 1 6 1 39
Welding Technology/Welder 1 24 1 8 38

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2454th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,448 ($61,530 male / $47,816 female)
Number of FT Faculty 71 (33 male / 38 female)
Number of PT Faculty 381
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,081,840

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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.

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