GPC Forges Strategic Partnerships with Business Community

11/12/2010
Contact: Beverly James
Phone: 678-891-2686
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Author: Beverly James

For Immediate Release

In a strategic effort to connect local companies to the institution and its students, Georgia Perimeter College recently welcomed 23 companies and organizations to the Clarkston Campus to discuss future partnerships. The luncheon was co-hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and Honey Baked Ham.

Industry leaders from transportation, banking, labor, and health care attended the luncheon.

“We see these organizations as valued partners, prospective donors and future employers of our students,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. www.gpc.edu “These companies and organizations are vital to our students before, during and after their tenure at Georgia Perimeter.”

During the luncheon, Tricoli shared with visitors that GPC is a strong economic catalyst and an educational and cultural hub for the community. The college has a half a billion dollar annual impact on its communities, enrolls more freshmen than any other institution in the University System of Georgia, and has the largest online program in the state.

Georgia Perimeter has conferred 43,000 degrees and has 350,000 alumni across the country.  GPC focuses on access to college, strengthening the student experience and growing careers for the future.

GPC aims to help its students become advocates in their communities. With that in mind, Georgia Perimeter recently opened the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, and the Southern Academy for Literary Arts and Scholarly Research.

“We want to offer an education inside and outside of the classroom,” Tricoli said. “So students learn theory, go out in the field to put the theory to practice, and come back to the classroom to re-evaluate theory and practice together.”

As such, the Chamber and GPC are partnering to find ways to ensure the business community has access to a strong future workforce and customer base. The luncheon included a discussion with Tricoli on ways organizations can work collaboratively with the college.

“GPC is transformational for students and for our community,” Tricoli said. “Businesses and organizations are part of that transformation.”

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