A Path to Career and Organizational Value

As an accomplished environmental, safety, and health professional, Rick Givens understood early on how lifelong professional development can pave a path to advancing his career and add trusted value to his organization. Rick has become the first learner to earn all 11 of the Occupational Safety and Health certificates offered by Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). Rick shares his perspective on his learning path and the impact it has had on both his career and the others around him.

Meet Vincent J. Hoover

When U.S. Army Plans Officer Vincent J. Hoover attended his first job fair, he had no doubt he was well prepared. Having graduated from the VET² Lean Six Sigma program offered in Georgia Tech-Savannah, the finance major and infantry officer was interviewed by eight companies. “Hands down, I was one of the best candidates there because of the Georgia Tech Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program,” he said.

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

As a seasoned professional in her field, Sandy Seay, sales manager at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, stepped out of her comfort zone when she signed up for the intensive, 24-week Full Stack Web Development Program offered by Georgia Tech Professional Education. With this rigorous learning experience behind her, and a certificate to show for it, she shares the challenges she faced as an adult learner and how she overcame them. 

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Thriving in Times of Change

In today’s work environment, change is a given. It affects most employees at some point in their careers – if not throughout their working lives. While some struggle to adapt to new realities, others thrive. When Chris Sticher faced the biggest challenge of his 22-year career at Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire Hathaway company, he chose to thrive.

Meet Tania Allen

For Cybersecurity Certificate Program graduate, Tania Allen, what began as a career step turned out to be a giant professional leap forward leading to a new business opportunity. The IT professional with a decade of experience, who had taken several years’ break to raise her children, signed up for the certificate program at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) to become current in her field. But as she progressed through the dynamic five-course program, she saw the chance to reinvent herself and plot a unique career path as an entrepreneur. 

Meet Reemer Youmans

"No matter how technologically advanced systems are, retail supply chain operations are only as good as the employees performing the work," said Reemer Youmans, director of distribution center operations at HUGO BOSS, a men's and women's apparel company. With this in mind, Youmans sought to foster a sustaining, inclusive, and collaborative work environment in his operation. The Lean Supply Chain Professional Certificate Program through the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (GTSCL) helped him do just that. 

Meet Andrew Lopez

Andrew Lopez has experienced how companies are seeking well-educated systems engineers and how having an advanced degree can help professionals move up the career ladder.

The Georgia Tech Professional Master’s Degree in Applied Systems Engineering made him a strong candidate for jobs with more responsibility and more pay. Since graduating in 2011, his salary has increased by more than 30 percent.