GPTC un­veils new me­dia pro­gram and fa­cil­i­ties

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Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (GPTC), along with event co-host, Ge­or­gia Cham­ber of Com­merce, un­veiled to an au­di­ence of in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives, pub­lic officials and po­ten­tial stu­dents, GPTC’s new De­sign and Me­dia Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­ogy (DMPT) and Record­ing Arts Tech­nol­ogy (RART) pro­grams and fa­cil­ity. The rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony and open house, held at the DeKalb cam­pus, pro­vided guests the op­por­tu­nity to meet stu­dents and learn first-hand of the cut­ting edge aca­demic pro­grams as they toured the Mac Lab and the tele­vi­sion and pro­duc­tion stu­dio.

“Upon be­com­ing pres­i­dent, I im­me­di­ately re­al­ized we needed to es­tab­lish a pro­gram — based on the num­ber of movies, TV shows, mu­sic and video games pro­duced in our ser­vice area — fo­cus­ing on de­sign, me­dia pro­duc­tion and record­ing tech­nolo­gies in order to meet the needs of this high-growth mar­ket. To me, the tra­jec­tory of this in­dus­try was ev­i­dent,” said Dr. Jabari Si­mama, pres­i­dent of Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

The Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment es­ti­mates film and tele­vi­sion projects con­trib­uted an as­tound­ing $3.3 bil­lion to our state’s econ­omy last year.

Dr. Josephine Reed-Tay­lor, Deputy Com­mis­sioner of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia (TCSG) and Chris Clark, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Ge­or­gia Cham­ber of Com­merce, also de­liv­ered re­marks and par­tic­i­pated in the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony.

“I’m very ex­cited to be here to­day on be­half of Ron Jackson, com­mis­sioner of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia, to show sup­port for these dy­namic aca­demic pro­grams,” said Dr. Reed-Tay­lor. “I ap­plaud Dr. Si­mama’s vi­sion for this col­lege. We, at the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem, are pleased that ad­min­is­tra­tors here at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont took the bull by the horns and got these pro­grams up and run­ning,” she con­tin­ued. “We need your help in spread­ing the word about the De­sign and Me­dia Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Record­ing Arts Tech­nol­ogy pro­grams,” she said to the stand­ing-room-only au­di­ence.

Clark, who is also a Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia Board Mem­ber, also praised Dr. Si­mama’s stew­ard­ship. “The mark of suc­cess is lead­er­ship, and Dr. Si­mama is a vi­sion­ary leader, not only at the col­lege level but also within the com­mu­nity and the state,” said Clark. “I’ve been an ad­vo­cate of the film in­dus­try and its con­tri­bu­tions to the econ­omy for many years. The state needs pro­grams such as De­sign and Me­dia Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Record­ing Arts Tech­nol­ogy be­cause they are vi­tal to our abil­ity to grow,” he said. “We, at the Cham­ber, look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our part­ner­ship with Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege,” Clark stated.

To learn more about the DMPT or RART pro­grams at Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, please con­tact Cory Thomp­son, Direc­tor of Pro­gram Devel­op­ment, at 404-297-9522 ext. 1118 or visit the col­lege’s web­site, www.gptc.edu. Fall se­mes­ter classes be­gin Au­gust 20, 2014.

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