Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College is one of Georgia’s oldest and most respected technical colleges in the USA. The college seeks to prepare individuals with education, hands-on training, and marketable skills that will allow them to competitively enter the workplace in roles geared towards creating a global impact.
More than 950 faculty and staff members support students in order to maximize their success both socially and academically. With 4 separate campuses located around Georgia and year-round course offerings (fall, spring, and summer terms) the college strives to accommodate students of all ages, career aspirations, and scheduling requirements.
There are five technical schools and two educational divisions at the college. The educational programs at the institution are offered through six schools. There are roughly 40 different courses which terminate in certificates, diplomas and vocational degrees. Programs span from training in industries to preparing for work in highly technical fields – for example, advanced manufacturing and television and film production
Arts & Sciences:
The School of Arts and Sciences offer basic courses that lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The courses provide a critical foundation for any subsequent certificates, diplomas or degrees pursued further at the college. In addition, Georgia Piedmont has over 25 transfer agreements that allow students to use these credits to further their education at other academic institutions.
Business, & Computer Information Systems:
The School of Business & Computer Information Systems is geared to prepare students for a variety of careers in divisions such as accounting, banking, finance, and business administration, and computer information systems. This has been one of the most rapidly developing departments in the college, and new offerings include courses in mobile app development and cyber forensics.
Health, Education & Professional Services:
The School of Health, Education & Professional Services offers phlebotomy, opticianry, and clinical lab programs. This is the department which houses the high-demand fields of early childhood care and education, film, and the recently growing cosmetology program.
The School of Industrial Technologies incorporates a contemporary take on traditional teaching. It includes courses in building systems & controls maintenance, auto and motorcycle mechanic instruction, refrigeration technician training.
Public Safety & Legal Studies:
Programs in the School of Public Safety and Legal Studies include fire science, emergency medical, and other first-responder professions. Most importantly, this is the division that houses the nationally accredited law enforcement academy. Additionally, the paralegal studies program is accredited by the American Bar Association.
For a full list of degree options and to browse the course offerings for each school, click here.
Student life is an important part of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. There are a variety of clubs and extracurriculars that all students are encouraged to participate in as a complement to their studies.
There is a robust and growing Student Government Association (SGA) where students are elected by their peers to represent the student body. These elected individuals act as a liaison between the student body and the administration, relaying messages and working collaboratively to come to comprehensive conclusions. This organization teaches leadership and professionalism through its core tenants.
There are many clubs and organizations that are both student and faculty-led, open to all students. Several are listed below:
- Future Educators of Young Children (FEYC)
- Ladies in Action (LIA)
- National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)
- Criminal Justice Club
- Intramural sports
For a full list of clubs, click here.
Tuition and Fees:
For Georgia residents, tuition is set at $100 per semester credit hour. For Non-Citizens and other international students, tuition is $400 per semester credit hour. For US citizens who are not Georgia residents, tuition is $200 per semester credit hour.
Total tuition fees are dependent on the course of study the student chooses as well as their residency status in Georgia. For example, science courses will require an additional laboratory fee whereas legal studies courses would require an accreditation fee.
Other fees such as student insurance, ($6), technology support fees ($105) and student activity fees ($35) will add to the total tuition amount required, but these fees are dependent on the individual and will be made clear in the online application before the student submits it. For a complete list of potential costs, click here.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College understands the costs associated with completing a degree can be overwhelming. However, as of Fall 2018, Georgia Piedmont Tech stopped participating in the Federal Student Loan Program. That being said, the school has identified many other resources to help subsidize the educational costs.
For example, students are still eligible to apply for Federal Pell Grants, and other state grants such as HOPE, Zell Miller Grant and the Public Safety Memorial Grant. There are also numerous financial aids offered by the school which cover the complete cost of tuition and fees. Additionally,
The college has a robust Work-Study program that helps many students work part-time whilst completing their degree.
How to Apply
To be considered, complete applications must be submitted before the deadline, typically set 2 months before the beginning date of each term.
Application materials include:
- A completed application, online or sent in by post
- A $25.00 non-refundable application fee
- An official high school transcript or GED scores (Note: this transcript must be sent directly from the school to the Admissions Office) or foreign educational credentials evaluation
- Test scores from Accuplacer Next Generation, SAT, or ACT
- Verification of lawful presence in the USA. Documents which satisfy this requirement include:
- A current drivers license OR
- Certified US birth certificate OR
- Approved and completed FAFSA for the current fiscal year OR
- S Passport or certificate of citizenship
(Please note, for international students there are additional requirements.)
Benefits of the Institution
Georgia Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Students can transfer credits from their Associate’s degree to over 25 partnered universities throughout the USA seamlessly. The institution has been accredited for over 50 years, and their accreditation covers numerous courses, several listed below:
- Air Conditioning Technology
- Clinical Laboratory Technology
- Law Enforcement Academy
- Paramedic Technology Program
High Job Placement:
In 2018, Georgia Piedmont Tech graduates secured employment at a remarkably high level of 98.7%.
Georgia Piedmont Tech’s Tuition and Fees for one academic year are roughly one-third of the cost of other competing schools.
Diverse Student Body:
As of 2019, Georgia Piedmont Tech’s student population included over 80 countries and 100 languages. The workplace administration works diligently to mirror that student diversity. There are many events throughout the year which encourage students to engage with the many cultures and nationalities represented at the institution.
Courses are taught on multiple campuses all year-round at multiple times throughout the day. The weekend, nights, and online course teaching layout allow students the ability to obtain their degree while still prioritizing other demands.