The future of Georgia is continuing and professional education.

In fiscal year 2016, USG institutions had 586,081 people engage in continuing and professional education, courses, certificate programs and events.

The Department of Education predicts the number of non-traditional-age students to rise to a far higher rate than the number of traditional-age students.

More than one and a half million working age adults in Georgia lack a high school or college education.

Classes, conferences and seminars hosted by Professional and Continuing Education Units result in a 7 million boost for the state’s economy.

Therefore, the value of professional certificates is crucial to the growing workforce and to Georgia’s economic development and impact.

Ron Younker, Director, Talent Management at Cobb EMC: We were looking for a partner to deliver high quality and affordable professional development courses. For many of our employees improving their Microsoft Office skills was a goal in their personal development plans. We partnered with KSU to develop and deliver a customized series of courses. We have seen anecdotal evidence which ranges from improved emergency outage information to more effective data sheets in areas such as Accounting and Finance. As a value partner, we can be assured that our employees are consistently receiving high quality education at reasonable costs.

Dominique Mason, Clayton State University graduate (ABCs of Custom Brokerage Certificate): I didn’t really know about continuing education and how I could effectively use the programs offered. I was under the impression that you had to have a degree. I was very happy to find out otherwise. I choose the program because I was tired of working jobs and I wanted a career that I could grow and develop in. One that would offer more stability for me as I prepare for the later years of my life. I received a job offer for twice as much as I was making at Macy’s.

James R Wilburn, Ed.D., Academic Program Director, VET² Program, Georgia Tech: The extent to which transitioning service members are successful in finding employment reflects the commitment of the state, its institutions and its employers to its veterans. Our returning veterans bring with them skill sets that are in high demand and their background and experience in the military reduces the amount of time and costs required by an employer to onboard them as a new employee. The most difficult obstacle to a service member seeking employment in the civilian sector is the ability to effectively translate the military skill sets developed in the service to those skillsets required by a specific job. College and university continuing and professional educations units are particularly useful in assisting with this transition by providing up-to-date, high demand, relevant and recognized short courses, programs and credentials.

Certificate program offerings include:
Culinary Apprenticeship
Digital Photography
Social Media Marketing
Clinical Medical Assistant
Project Management
Web Design
Lean Six Sigma
Supply Chain and Logistics
Medical Billing and Coding
Graphic Design
Business Research
And Human Resources

The future of Georgia is continuing and professional education.