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Welcome to the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service (GJCFS) in Decatur, Georgia!


Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation offering post-high school education to men and women interested in funeral service as a career. While attending Gupton-Jones College, one may enjoy exciting Atlanta which offers a variety of recreational, artistic, and historic attractions! Of the recreational choices, one may visit Six Flags Over Georgia, with more than 200 acres of entertainment and just a few minutes from downtown Atlanta.

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Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation offering post-high school education to men and women interested in funeral service as a career. The central purpose of the college is to give students a thorough acquaintance with those areas of knowledge essential to their specialization. The college is dedicated to the advancement of funeral service education and the funeral service profession.

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On June 8, 1920, the Gupton-Jones School of Embalming was founded by L. A. Gupton in Nashville, Tennessee, to teach the art and science of funeral directing and embalming. In the beginning, the school had two faculty members to teach the young men and women in the South the courses in mortuary science. Over these many years, the faculty and facilities increased. The old "castle style" home of the Gupton-Jones College on West End Avenue in Nashville was a landmark well known to many.

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ICCFA Cremation Certification Program Event (Total CEU’s 13.5) at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service
June 7, 2017 – ICCFA Arranger Certification
June 8, 2017 – ICCFA Operator Certification
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service • Decatur, Georgia
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The ICCFA cremation certification program has been offered at the College since 2014. It is open to employees of all cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories and related businesses. Students at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service completing this program will receive two scholarships from Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling. Students from other programs will be given the discounted student rate. Those who attend both days will receive two certification designations:

ICCFA Certified Crematory Operator: Currently required for crematory licensure in a number of states and covers all aspects of crematory operation and maintenance. A 12-chapter Operations Manual is provided. 6 hours CE.

ICCFA Certified Cremation Arranger: This segment will provide education in understanding cremation consumers, how to arrange and create meaningful tribute services, how to create unique options for memorialization and how best to communicate all of this with cremation consumers. The instructors for this segment have proven track records and real-world experience. 7.5 hours CE.

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service Students:
In addition to standard courses required for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, our funeral service program is better preparing our students by providing students at all three Pierce Colleges two certifications: ICCFA Cremation Arranger Certification and the Crematory Operations Certification. This could not have been done without the continued support of our generous donors. More than 480 scholarships were provided last year (2015) by Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for our two ICCFA certifications.

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service would like to thank Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. and Implant Recycling for being willing to invest in students, cultivate learning, inspire discovery, and help our students have access to a future full of possibilities. #ThankaPMCdonor

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 Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service named a Military Friendly College for 2017

“Better for Veterans” Organizations Identified Across the Country

PITTSBURGH (November 10, 2016)—Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families, announced today its list of 2017 Military Friendly® Employers and 2017 Military Friendly® Schools. Significant technological investment into the evaluation process enhanced the breadth of data evaluated, resulting in 210 Military Friendly® Employers and 1,273 Military Friendly® Schools recognized for their support of the military community. For more than a decade, the Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges that provide positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families.

To read the full press release, select here.

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OPEN HOUSE - August 26, 2017 - 10:00AM

Our college hosts special Open House events where our Admissions staff, Job Placement and Financial Aid advisors plus several instructors, some current students, and recent grads all gather to welcome you and tell you a bit about the college. Open House events are a wonderful opportunity to find out more about what our program has to offer. Come join us and take a campus tour and visit with our program faculty or students. Refreshments will be served.

You are welcome to stop by any time during an Open House event. Come alone or bring your parents and friends. All are welcome. It's a good way to see what Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is all about.