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Thinking Big and Plunging In

When it comes to work, Genna Gold is all about big. Big market, big product, big picture.

And, in the last two-and-a-half years, big change, at a rapid clip. “I’m a very on-the-go type of person,” Gold said, giving insight into why embarking on Georgia Tech's Master's in Systems Engineering program, moving two months later and starting a new job didn’t daunt her. “I enjoy that sort of thing.”

Taking the Fast Track in Manufacturing Leadership

Amanda Dannemiller had long known she wanted to get a master’s degree. She was closing in on 10 years of working as a process engineer when a pull towards management told her it was time to do it.

Dannemiller began looking into MBA programs “because that seemed to be the standard choice,” she said. “But, I just didn’t feel excited about any of them."

“An MBA covers things at a very high level,” Dannemiller explained. “Right now, I'm focused on knowing how to run my department.”

Shun Griffin Makes her Mark in Manufacturing Leadership

With ample experience in manufacturing, Lukisha T. "Shun" Griffin recently became the first woman to earn a Manufacturing Leadership Certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE). Knowing she always had a knack for working with machines, Griffin, who is currently studying Industrial Engineering at Kennesaw State University (KSU), enrolled in GTPE's program to gain the skills necessary to further her career and become a manufacturing manager.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

For Eric Taylor, Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s in Manufacturing Leadership (PMML) program elevated his professional value and opened his eyes to a new take on management -- part of what he sees as a continual journey.

Taylor grew up in Southern Mississippi. While he wasn’t the first member of his family to attend college, he would prove the first to graduate -- following a period of adjustment.

First Graduate of OMS Analytics Sees Data Science as More than a Job

Data scientist Nicole de Vries knows that life takes us in unexpected directions, but thanks to Georgia Tech's Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) program, she didn’t have to postpone her career goals.

“I mean life happens,” said de Vries. “I was living in Georgia, and I had an opportunity to go up to Boston, and I didn't want to have to drop out of school. I was in the on-campus program. And if the online program hadn’t been an option, I don't know if I would have been able to complete the degree.”

First Manufacturing Leadership Certificate Graduate Shares His Experience

For manufacturing professionals aspiring to be leaders, the Manufacturing Leadership Certificate offered by Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) is an ideal opportunity to build leadership capabilities. Chantrey Reece, master scheduler at BorgWarner in Asheville, North Carolina, recently became the first recipient of the certificate. 

Business and Analytics: A Winning Combination

Written by Deirdra Harris Glover | Photography by Dane Sponberg

Media technology professional Dan Hawks knew going back to school would be challenging, especially while trying to achieve balance with his family and a full-time job. The Master of Science in Analytics (OMS Analytics) at Georgia Tech fit his lifestyle and his wallet.

From Dishwasher to Software Engineer

If only I could have a computer. These are the words that changed Esterling Accime’s life forever. This wish – and an insatiable hunger to learn – saved him from a life of extreme poverty in Haiti. Today, he holds his dream job as a software engineer for AT&T in the U.S.

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.

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