State Sen. Emanuel Jones (D – Decatur) released the following statement regarding the potential closure of the South DeKalb campus of Georgia Piedmont Technical College:
“After reading an editorial in the “On Common Ground” newspaper regarding the potential closing of the South DeKalb Georgia Piedmont Technical College Campus, I have serious concerns that require immediate attention.
I am the State Senator who represents the residents and citizens of the South DeKalb community. Our emphasis is to promote economic development and academic excellence in the South DeKalb community. As such, the programmatic offering at this facility which includes: GED, Continuing Education Classes, Technical Education Classes, Adult Education Classes, Dual Enrollment Classes and many others is a great benefit to our community. It is my understanding that the population has increased to well over 650 students. The real impact is that students, parents and businesses are benefiting from the presence of this facility.
These are just a few of the concerns I have regarding the proposal to close the South DeKalb campus. I hope to meet with stakeholders including students, faculty and the community to discuss these questions and others and work towards ensuring that the South DeKalb Campus of Georgia Piedmont Technical College remains open.”