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Young selected as Continuing Education director at GPTC
Katrina McCollum Young

Georgia Piedmont Technical College recently named Katrina P. Young as the director of Continuing Education in the school's Economic Development division.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of Katrina Young as Director of Continuing Education for Rockdale, Newton and Morgan Counties," said Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. "In this position, capitalizing upon her wealth of experience in local manufacturing and training, she will play an integral role in helping to introduce workforce development programs throughout the many counties in our service delivery areas. Her expertise and practical approach is a valuable asset to our College and the communities in which we serve."

At GPTC, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, she is responsible for continuing education and Open Enrollment programs and as well as customized training for businesses and industries for Morgan, Newton and Rockdale counties.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity. I think we're in an area where business is growing. I'm happy to be a part of that growth," said Young.

She said the school would partner with businesses, industries, schools, governments and other agencies to provide training and education for job growth and opportunities.

Young, who has been an adjunct faculty member for GPTC, has more than 18 years of business and industry manufacturing experience. Most recently, she worked at General Mills in human resources and training and held the position of chair of the Community Action Council.

Young is also serving in her second elected term on the Rockdale County Board of Education. She first took office in January 2007 and serves on the school board's Finance Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

She also serves with the Georgia School Boards Association District 4 Directorship, representing City Schools of Decatur, DeKalb, Newton and Rockdale counties. She has been appointed by GSBA to the Federal Relations Network to represent and advocate for public education at the federal level.

She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Conyers and a member of the newly formed Conyers-Rockdale Leadership Collaborative.

Young received a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing from Georgia State University. She is a member of Springfield Baptist Church and serves in ministry leadership. She is married to Simeon Young, and they are the parents of Simeon II and Sharnel.

GPTC, the fastest-growing unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, has more than 4,000 students enrolled and more than 7,000 in adult education classes.

GPTC has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. Academic and technical programs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College cover more than 130 different occupations. For more information, go to