Georgia Piedmont Technical College Celebrates
“Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day 2015”
(DeKalb County, June 16, 2015) – – Vrooom! Vroooom! Vroooooom! That was the sound students, faculty, staff and guests heard as they approached the main entrance of Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) DeKalb campus around noon yesterday. Approximately a dozen GPTC motorcyclists gathered on the portico for a photo shoot to mark their participation in “Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day.”
“With the increasing emphasis on sustainability, it is important to rely on means of transportation other than automobiles,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. “Motorcycles are a viable alternative,” he concluded.
Georgia Piedmont’s motorcycle service technology program is the original motorcycle repair training facility within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). The program is one of two offered by Atlanta-area technical colleges. In 2013, Georgia Piedmont’s Motorcycle Service Technology Program was ranked among the nation’s “Top 30 Motorcycle Repair Schools” according to the motorcycle-centric website www.BTO.com.
Over the years, students in GPTC’s Motorcycle Service Technology Program have won two gold and two bronze medals in a national competition known as SkillsUSA. A group of Georgia Piedmont’s motorcycle technology program students are currently the State SkillsUSA champions and will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky from June 22 through June 26 to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization comprised of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.
“I ride a motorcycle to work almost every day, as do most of my students,” said Mike Sachs, a Motorcycle Service Technology Program instructor at Georgia Piedmont. “Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day gives riders a powerful feeling of solidarity, knowing that like-minded people all over the country left their cars at home and rode to work on two wheels,” he continued. “We’re saving a little gas, reducing our footprint, and having a blast as part of our daily routine,” Sachs said.
Upon graduation, GPTC’s motorcycle service technology students are prepared to become professional motorcycle technicians, having studied how to repair American, Japanese and European motorcycles.
About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. GPTC graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.4 percent job placement rate. The college has nine learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties, and GPTC’s graduation rate is three times the average for two-year colleges in Georgia. For additional information, please visit www.gptc.edu.
About GPTC’s Motorcycle Service Technology Program
Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s motorcycle service technology program is a one-year sequence of classes that prepares students for positions in the motorcycle repair business. It includes courses in maintenance, engines, chassis systems, electrical systems and fuel systems, as well as an internship.
About Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day
Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day was established on July 22, 1992. The event grew as an informal demonstration until 2000. That year, a non-profit organization known as Ride to Work was formed to promote Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day. The first event led by the non-profit occurred on the third Wednesday in July of 2001. The third Wednesday of July was the designated annual event day until 2008, when it was changed to the third Monday in June. Ride to Work is a 501-c-4 nonprofit organization.
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the yearly national-level SkillsUSA Championships, nearly 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.