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).  The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Candice Buckley, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1111, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103B; or Sadie Washington, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1210, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-157 for assistance.

Why We Do What We Do

Nearly one-half of all students seeking higher education choose a community college. Fewer than half of those students actually finish what they start.

Community colleges remain the nation’s gateways to good jobs for millions of students who dream of a better tomorrow. Yet too often these dreams are cut short.


For the first time in our history, the current generation of college-aged Americans will be less educated than their parents’ generation. Those without an education will be unable to compete in a national landscape that more than ever before demands high-level job skills.

What is the goal/mission of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) Initiative?
  • To close achievement gaps and accelerate student education success among under-served, low income, and students of color so that they can sufficiently obtain market-valued credentials.
  • Place the focus on equity.
  • Transform college goals, objectives and operations in a way that encourages student success and completion.
What are the key focus areas of ATD?
  • Improve Learning Support

  • Build a Culture of Evidence

  • Eliminate Barriers to Student Success

How will these ATD focus areas impact the GPTC faculty and staff?
Teams have been developed for each focus area, with a goal of building and developing goals and action plans for implementation. The process will be ongoing and respond to the changing needs of our students, our communities and our college. Each area of the college will be involved in significantly instituting and implementing the change ideas that result from important conversations about each area.
Who are the focus team members?
  • Core Team 
    • Dr. Debra Gordon, Dr. Tessie Bradford, Dr. Ivan Harrell, Dr. Catrenia McLendon, Dr. Mariam Dittmann, Angela Cummings, Dr. Christi Carson, Candice Jones, Claudia Stokes, Jeryll McWhorter, Dr. Maylon Walker, Kimberley Sloan
  • Improve Learning Support
    • Kimberley Sloan, Claudia Stokes, Cornell Grant, Dr. Jean Jones, Jordi Vinas, Rosalyn Bogle, Patricia Wilkins, Dr. Sharon Riley-Ordu, Adrianne Caldwell, Marcus Johnson, Virgil Costley
  • Build a Culture of Data
    • Dr. Maylon Walker, Candice Jones, Dr. Damon McCoy, Paula Greenwood, Telicia Palmer, Dr. Terry Richardson, Kaye Henry, Dr. Lemond Hall, Kevin Lane, Sherry Lowery, Celia Murray, Dr. Catrenia McLendon, Dr. Delores Guillory
  • Eliminate Barriers to Student Success
    • Angela Cummings, Jeryll McWhorter, Sam Mitchell, Lisa Peters, Lanard Akins, Adrianne Caldwell, Melissa Massey, Siglyndi Jones, Stephen Bullock, Gina Sweetheart, Mike Sachs, Christine Harden, Dr. Jean Jones, Latonya Heyward, Shunteka Brooks
Improve Learning Support
Developing initiatives to address the following:
  • Learning Communities
  • Reading and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Soft skills
  • Accuplacer Test Scores
  • Blackboard Support
Build A Culture of Evidence
  • Remove fear of data
  • Increase access and availability of data
  • Help to understand data
  • Encourage use of data in decision-making
Eliminate Barriers to Student Success
  • Surveys conducted about barriers to success (results will be available soon)
  • Launch Navigate system
  • Course scheduling
  • Engage and interact more with students
  • Advanced planning
  • Increased collaboration
Five Year Retention Data Dashboard