About Us

Inspire to innovate. Empower to learn. Enable to succeed.

Defining 21st Century Learning for Professionals

From personal enrichment to career advancement, we believe lifelong learning is the vehicle of individual progress. As an academic unit of Georgia Tech, we give professionals — and the organizations they help power forward — multiple pathways to the world-class offerings at Georgia Tech. By leveraging our legacy as a technology, business, and innovation leader, our learners are evolving, adapting, and advancing at every stage of their careers.

21k+

graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in online degree programs

350+

courses and certificate programs offered in STEM and business fields.

11k+

guests and over 111 events at The Global Learning Center per year.

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World Class Education

Get the best of both worlds — academic rigor and hands-on practical training.

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MEET OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our executive leadership team works closely to provide strategic counsel as well as oversight of the division's academic programs, business operations, development, learning systems, and student affairs.

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Stephen M. Ruffin, Ph.D.
Executive Director (Interim) and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Stephen Ruffin provides executive leadership for the organization, while also collaborating with faculty and the Georgia Tech community to develop world-class professional development programs and online degrees.

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Jeffrey Fischer
Sr. Director, Business Operations (Interim)

Jeff Fischer serves to align business objectives with academic program strategy with a focus on creating and sustaining effective processes that support superior customer service. 

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Ronnie Godshalk, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Learning Systems, Division of Lifetime Learning

Ronnie Godshalk leads innovative education and delivery initiatives that advance the development of high-quality educational solutions utilizing technology to meet the needs of learners across the globe.

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Stephen Harmon, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Research

The appointment of Stephen Harmon marks a unique collaboration between GTPE, C21U, and the College of Design, the three units he serves.

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Shannon Helton-Amos
Director, Marketing & Digital Strategy

As the Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy, Shannon Helton-Amos provides guidance and insight on the communications and marketing strategy for the organization. 

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Diane Lee
Executive Director, Savannah Campus

Diane Lee manages the daily campus operations while working with regional community and business leaders to assess the educational needs of Coastal Georgia.

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What We Offer

We offer professional development courses, certificate programs, and online master’s degrees to career-focused individuals in STEM, business, and leadership fields worldwide. We are a proven partner for organizations, providing training on site to help shape their workforce and solve relevant real-world problems. Our programs are engaging and rigorous, and include the technological and educational excellence that have earned Georgia Tech an international reputation.

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Where We're Located

Most in-classroom courses and programs take place at the Global Learning Center (GLC) in the heart of Tech Square - Atlanta's thriving innovation community. The GLC is our home and the facility of choice for corporate meetings, conferences, and other events. We also have a satellite campus at Georgia Tech-Savannah that includes fully equipped classrooms and meeting facilities offering video conferencing and streaming technology.

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