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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: UGA Center for Continuing Education, Gwinnett

By Shirley Chesley

Welcome to the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education Gwinnett Campus. Although we have been in Gwinnett for over 2 decades in different locations, our current home of the last four years is in the Intellicenter at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville. This ideal location near Interstate 85 allows easy access attracts adult learners from the entire Atlanta Metro area and beyond to participate in the unique and diverse certificate programs offered at UGA Gwinnett.

This fall we will be offering our Certificate in Human Resource Management which serves as a test preparation course for certification as a Professional in Human Resources or a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Additionally, we are offering professional development courses in Change Management and Quality Customer Service.

Project Management and Agile Project Management are skills required in most organizations. The agile approach to project management equips project teams to deliver quality results in reduced timeframes, to plan for continuous improvement, and to quickly respond to changing conditions. We will be offering several courses in these areas.

The aging population in Georgia, and especially in Gwinnett County, will be looking for assistance from family members, professional health care workers, and county/state resources to address their needs. The Professional Gerontology program has been uniquely designed to educate a broad spectrum of helpers as to how to minister to this group’s needs.

Not-for-profit organizations need funds to operate. Our Grant Writing program defines the writing techniques, resources for obtaining grants, and much more. The Event Meeting and Management Certificate program is another knowledge-based tool for non- profit event organizers and independent planners who work with corporations, government entities, independent groups, reunion groups and sporting events. This tried-and-true program features instruction from some of the top meeting planners across the United States.

The Global TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate is a 150-hour training program designed for individuals who want to teach English in a non-public school setting, within or outside of the United States. Unlike basic TESOL courses available online, this is an in-depth program that includes observing TESOL classrooms and practicing with other students.

American Sign Language courses received such a fabulous response that we developed three levels. In Level I, you will become familiar with basic ASL vocabulary. In Level 2, you will continue to learn even more sign language gestures, finger-spelling, ASL grammar and vocabulary to express more complex ideas and sentences.

Level 3 focuses on intensive vocabulary building,. You will learn the proper way of using classifiers of subjects and objects, and skills for informative story telling.

Two of the prominent programs offered in the Center are the Spanish/English and Korean/English Medical Interpreter programs. Individuals in each of the programs must be bilingual. These courses provide the minimum requirement of 40 hours of instruction to be employed by the medical community nationwide. These programs draw students from Georgia as well as surrounding states.

In addition to the medical programs, we offer Spanish/English Legal and Korean/English Legal interpreter trainings for individual who desire to take the State of Georgia certificate tests. These programs are in demand by the legal communities of both cultures and are offered multiple times each year.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) is an advanced professional certificate awarded by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). In affiliation with the IMA, the University of Georgia helps you prepare for the rigorous, two-part CMA examination. Now more than ever, businesses need people with strong planning and analysis skills. CMAs are trusted business advisors with certified knowledge of financial planning and analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and risk management.

One of the longest running programs in Continuing Education in Gwinnett is the Paralegal program. This 84-hour program prepares students in five areas of the law and requires many hours of additional preparation to meet the certificate requirements. After meeting these requirements, the student may take advanced courses online.

The interest in Continuing Education is a growing field and the University of Georgia is constantly expanding its menu of educational opportunities to facilitate.

We welcome visits to the UGA Gwinnett Campus and personal interviews may be arranged. You can contact me, Shirley Chesley, Educational Specialist at (678)-985-6775 for further information. Education continues throughout one’s life—we look forward to being part of your life’s goals.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services. For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.