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Learner Impact

Empower adult learners for a lifetime of success

Adult learners make up half of the total Georgia Tech student population. Some pursue ongoing professional education to advance in their jobs. Others do so to change careers. Some aim to stand out in competitive fields. While adult learners have many reasons to continue their education throughout their lives, one reason remains the same for all: return on investment. Here are some examples of the impact lifetime learning has had on GTPE learners.

Professional Master's in Manufacturing Leadership
Amanda Dannemiller
Professional Master's in Manufacturing Leadership

“Within the program, we got a lot of perspectives on different options from different companies and industries,” and that broadening of vision “really freed me up. Not only about what is possible, but about who I want to be."

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Genna Gold, Applied Systems Engineering graduate
Genna Gold
Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering

“You get hands-on experience with working in teams. And everything you learn is directly applicable,” like “tools and skills that help you organize complex problems and evaluate different options and how they will impact engineering and the system as a whole down the line.”

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Manufacturing Leadership Certificate
Shun Griffin
Manufacturing Leadership Certificate

"I knew I had a lot to learn about leadership, the dynamics around managing assignments, the different metrics needed for standard operating procedures, and checks and balances to keep companies in the green with operations and deliverables."

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85%
of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't been invented yet, according to futurists.
42K+
of learners benefit from GTPE’s courses, certificate programs, and online master's degrees each year.
40%
of potential learners surveyed by GTPE are looking to build or update their skills and knowledge.

What I first started, I didn't see what I was studying on the job boards. But now, it’s exactly what companies are looking for. I didn’t know it at the time, but everything I took at Tech really was pointing a couple of years out, to intersect with where industry is now.

- Doug Trent
Online Master of Science in Analytics
Doug Trent - OMSA
Bob Macdonald, online masters in analytics student, sits at table with historic moon landing documents in front of him.
Bob Macdonald
Online Master of Science in Analytics

"If you're not learning, you're falling behind."

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Roz Nero, Procurement and Supply Management Leadership Certificate recipient
Roz Nero
Procurement and Supply Management Leadership Certificate

"The right content was delivered in a professional environment and in an interactive, practical format by highly qualified instructors. The learner groups were diverse in all of their supply chain related roles, and came from various industries."

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Wanda Perry, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate recipient
Wanda Perry
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate

"Lean Six Sigma has helped me to build upon the leadership and management skills that I learned on active duty.”

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Eddie Radford, Cyber and Network Security Boot Camp graduate
Eddie Radford
Cyber and Network Security Boot Camp

"Late career transitions can be challenging, and utilizing GTPE in my journey made a real difference for me. Participating in these classes transformed my competitiveness in the job market and made my skill set more relevant to employers."

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Eric Taylor, Manufacturing Leadership graduate
Eric Taylor
Professional Master's in Manufacturing Leadership

The program "not only forced me to look at leadership a little differently, but it also gave me some tools that I use to facilitate growth and learning of others."

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Terry and Carson Tucker, Power Systems Certificate recipients
Terry and Carson Tucker
Power Systems Certificate

"The instructors continue to gain knowledge. We continue to gain knowledge. And when we come together, we share knowledge. So it doesn’t end. It keeps on. The learning doesn’t really stop."

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Adult Learner Facts

Learn why adults pursue professional and continuing education, the role technology advancements play in the future of work, and how adult learners aim to keep up with the changing job market.