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GPTC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Transit Training Facility

Special to The Atlanta Voice | 6/24/2014, 1:58 p.m.
Several elected officials and dignitaries attended the event, including: Roger Wise, who attended on behalf of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; Adrian Barrett with the US Department of Labor; Elizabeth Warner, representing the Georgia Department of Labor; the Mayor of Lithonia, Deborah Jackson; Paulette Suggs, representing U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson; members of the GPTC Board of Directors; and representatives from Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Transit Training Advisory Board. (Courtesy)

Federal, state and local officials joined Dr. Jabari Simama, President, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Transit Training facility that will be located at their Regional Transportation Training Center (RTTC) in Lithonia, Georgia.

“This day is extremely important because it marks the expansion of our current transportation training facility,” Dr. Simama said. “Thanks to a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, we will be able to transform this pavilion into a state-of-the-art Transit Training facility,” Dr. Simama continued.

MARTA’s CEO and General Manager, Keith Parker, spoke of the magnitude of this facility to Metropolitan Atlanta’s economy.

“The groundbreaking for this facility is a big deal to MARTA. We believe in education and we need you to help us build a great workforce,” he said. “This program has produced 700 MARTA bus operator candidates and we look forward to hiring many more."

Georgia Piedmont Technical College offers seven transit-training programs. Fall enrollment for classes that start on August 20, 2014 is occurring now. For more information, visit www.gptc.edu, or call 404-297-9522.