Georgia Piedmont Technical College, located in Clarkston, Georgia was established in 1961 as the DeKalb Area Vocational School, a cooperative institution between DeKalb County and the State Department of Education.
From 1971 to 1986 the school operated as a secondary campus for Georgia Perimeter College. This was followed by 12 years as the post secondary unit of the DeKalb County School System. In 1996 the school entered the Technical College System of Georgia and in 2000 changed its name to DeKalb Technical College. The school recently changed its name to Georgia Piedmont Technical College due to its expanded service area and increased offerings and growth.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers students a variety of program options to prepare them for a technical career or transfer. The selection of programs reflects the needs of the community, and are in high demand fields that make it easy to pursue work opportunities.
Students enrolled in such programs will learn the skills and abilities necessary to operate as professionals through comprehensive classroom courses and practical experience. Programs typically take between one and two years to complete, resulting in an associate degree, diploma or certificate which demonstrates competency in the field of study earned as well as the ability to enter the workforce at the entry level.
Academic transfer is also possible through agreements in place with several public institutions throughout the state of Georgia. These agreements allow for the transfer of credits earned, applying them toward a bachelor's degree. Based on the credits earned prior to transfer, the length of time prior to earning a bachelor's degree may vary.
Programs offered at GPTC include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As a public two year open enrollment institution, any student who meets the minimum requirements for entry will be admitted to the school after submitting an application form. Students may be required to take the COMPASS placement exam to determine their general education course placement prior to the start of the program. Registration for courses begins prior to the start of each semester, and it is recommended that students consult with an academic advisor to plan out their curriculum and outline their career goals.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance should complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will be used to determine need, eligibility, and awards. Financial aid must be applied for every year, with a timely submission of forms and information resulting in a quicker response and disbursement of funds.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College also offers adult education and continuing education courses. Adult education courses allow individuals to return to school and complete their high school education, the completion of which confers an equivalent of a high school diploma. Continuing education courses are for working professionals who wish to update or broaden their knowledge base, and in some instances, fulfill requirements for recertification or licensure.
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Georgia Piedmont Technical College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,100-$2,600
- Out-of-State: $4,300-$5,126
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $89-$110 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $180-$210 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||94%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||91%||$6,268|
|Receiving Student Loans||55%||$7,240|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Georgia Piedmont Technical College may provide services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Assistance to find work
Other Technical Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
- Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, GA (11 miles away)
- Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, GA (37 miles away)
- Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, GA (37 miles away)
- West Georgia Technical College in Waco, GA (55 miles away)
- Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome, GA (62 miles away)