DeKalb Technical College President Robin Hoffman addresses GED graduates during their December graduation

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

Clarkston -- DeKalb Technical College ended 2009 on a celebratory note.

In the month of December, several groups of students marked accomplishments in their academic life by graduating.

In early December, 17 EMS students marked their graduation with a ceremony at DeKalb Tech's Newton Center, and later the Law Enforcement Academy Cadets were honored.

At the DeKalb Tech Conference Center in December, GED certificates were awarded to the first annual Fall GED graduation, of which 62 participants took part.

"It was a month of celebrations and graduations," said Dr. Robin Hoffman, President of DeKalb Tech.

DeKalb Tech's third class of Law Enforcement Academy cadets graduated from the 17-week program at a ceremony filled with celebration and sorrow. Mike Adcock was one of the 17 recruits that was scheduled to graduate this night, but during a training exercise in mid October he suffered a fatal heart attack. His widow, children and fellow co-workers from the Walton County Sheriff's Department were on hand for the graduation ceremony. Several hundred others joined in the ceremony. The director of the Law Enforcement Academy, Beverly Thomas as well as Lt. Harry McCann Jr, the academic instructor addressed the crowd.

DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community. The college has eight centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties.

Established in 1961, DeKalb Technical College currently has more than 4,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and Technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover more than 100 different occupations.

For more information, visit the school's Web site at www.dekalbtech.edu.