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Georgia Southern Conference inspires H.O.P.E. in HIV/AIDS care to Rural Communities

STATESBORO, Ga. –September 29, 2015 – Georgia Southern University, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health will host the 4th Annual Rural HIV Research and Training Conference on Friday, October 23 through Saturday October 24, 2015 at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Ga.

Over recent years, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment has been on the cutting edge of research in Public Health sectors. According to the National Rural Health Association, rural areas comprise of 5 to 8 percent of a US HIV cases, with majority of those affected in the southern region.

This two day collaborative forum brings together a variety of professionals in health related fields to address HIV/AIDS prevention, intervention, research and care. Key speakers and participants will share innovative strategies and discuss unique challenges in providing HIV/AIDS treatment, especially to those in rural communities. This year’s conference will focus on H.O.P.E.
Health care: Medical, social and psychological realties in HIV/AIDS research
Opportunities: Save lives with the latest in emerging research into HIV/AIDS care
Prevention: Tools for primary care, mental health and social services
Empowerment: Advocacy, prevention and intervention in rural communities

Conference chair, Dr. Fayth Parks explains, “During its 4th year, our goal for the Rural HIV Research Conference is to provide an open forum to provide tools for professionals to use in the prevention and care of HIV/AIDS in our rural communities.”

The program will include Bristol-Myers Squibb sponsored keynote speaker, Linda H. Scruggs, Director of The Ribbon Consulting Group (RCG). Scruggs serves as a national leader with 20 years of experience working with women, men, families, and youth impacted by health disparities including HIV and AIDS. Her work has led her to present before former President Bill Clinton, receive an honorable mention by President Barrack Obama, meet national heads of states, and travel as far as villages in South Africa.

Other featured speakers include Gregory S. Felzien, M.D., AAHIVS, from Georgia Department of Public Health Dept. of Infectious Disease and Immunization, Sally Jue, MSW, from American Psychological Association Office on HIV/AIDS, and Patt Gunn, Master Storyteller from the Geechee Institute.

Registration is highly encouraged to all health care providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, case managers, public health workers, psychologists, counselors, social workers, family therapists, educators, advocates, community leaders and policy-makers.

Credits applied for include; CME (Continuing Medical Education), GNA (Georgia Nurses Association); NASW-GA (National Association of Social Workers, Georgia Chapter); LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselors Association); and CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist).

Registration fees are $145, and $160 on or after October 1. For more information, please contact Georgia Southern Continuing Education at (912)–478-5555 or visit

Fiber Optics Training Increases Career-Change Options

STATESBORO, Ga. – August 24, 2015 – Are you currently working or planning a career in security, surveillance, computer networking, telephone systems or cable television installation? Georgia Southern University offers career-building certified fiber optic technician and specialist fast-track courses this fall at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Georgia.

The need for trained Certified Fiber Optic Technicians has grown exponentially over the past 5 years throughout the US – according to Bob Ballard from BDI Datalink. Not only has the demand for high speed broadband increased, but also the need for a reliable and secure method of transporting this data has become absolutely necessary.

The FOA reports that most Certified Fiber Optics Technicians work in the fiber optics industry as contractors or installers. Consultants, network designers and managers, component manufacturing technicians, estimators and trainers are often expected to have this credential.

In partnership with BDI Datalink, Georgia Southern University will offer three certification courses in Fiber Optics technology. The courses prepare participants for the broad-based Fiber Optic Association (FOA) exam that requires verified skills in fiber optics and covers technology, components, installation and testing.

Each course fee also includes study materials, CD, and the textbook FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics by Jim Hayes. All courses end with the related FOA certification exam, included in the course fee.
Daily coursework for all classes involves hands-on activities, discussion and chapter tests.

Many participants register to take two or three fiber optics courses across the week-long training. The Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) course, set for Monday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The CFOT course fee is $725.The Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) course runs Thursday, Sept. 31 to Friday, Oct. 1 and costs $700. The Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing (CFOS/S) course runs on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 and costs $750. Registration closes September 14, 2015.

To register, call toll-free (912) 478-5551 or online at
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The Need for Training and Certification in the Business World

No matter what stage you are at in your career or where are you currently at in your education, the need for up to date career and personal development focused training and certification remains an important part of succeeding in a professional work environment.

professional development

Certifications and career-focused training allow individuals, such as yourself, to gain valuable knowledge and a skill set that enables you to be competitive in today’s job market.

The Division of Continuing Education

The Division of Continuing Education and Conference Services can help you accomplish more and reach each milestone in your career development plan. We offer an array of courses to help you gain a competitive edge in the business world. According to Brian Tracy International, the ability to expand your mind and strive for continuous education is critical to your success in the information age.

Our Courses

Each course is designed to serve the needs of a diverse range of professionals, experienced or aspiring, and supplying the opportunity to take courses in specific training fields such as project management, which focuses on basics and real-world applications. Both courses prep you for completing the 35-hour course requirement for the Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute.

Comparable courses include SHRM Learning System, designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success. You may even be interested in our Fiber Optics Tech and Specialist Certification classes, designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician.

Fitting a professional development course into a busy schedule can be very challenging for full-time professionals and individuals with other day-to-day responsibilities. Online classes help you create a healthy work-life balance without worrying about the demands of working and attending face-to-face classes. Many of our online classes offer open enrollment which allows you to start anytime and set your own pace, all at an affordable price.

The Benefit of Continuing Education

Recent graduates—and those who have been out of work for an extended period of time—can greatly benefit from additional knowledge and certification to gain leverage over others. According to recent statistics from EPI, the job market for recent graduates in 2015 are increasingly underemployed, if at all.

Continuing Education courses serve as a resume builder as well as provide you with a stepping stone to accomplish more in your professional career.

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Updated: 6/27/2018

ELP Moves to the Division of Continuing Education

STATESBORO, Ga. – August 10, 2015 –The English Language Program (ELP) previously located in the Center of International Studies (CIS) has recently transitioned to its new location, housed in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, as part of the Division of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University.

The Division will welcome new and returning ELP students for a three day orientation starting August 17-19, 2015 to prepare them for the semester ahead. Orientation will include welcome activities, an ELP placement test, and campus tour.

The ELP at Georgia Southern has previously served international students from various countries including; Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, India, and Brazil; to name a few. The program focuses on the fundamentals of learning the English language as well as give students the opportunity to experience the United States culture through field trips and elective courses. The program also offers these students the ability to apply for conditional admission, where students can seek an undergraduate or graduate degree with Georgia Southern after completing the program.

Belkis Torres-Capeles, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Division of Continuing Education and the Coastal Georgia Center explained, “Our goal is not only to facilitate language learning, but also to encourage critical thinking among international students seeking further educational, personal or professional opportunities.”

The ELP at Georgia Southern University offers a student-centered approach to learning for international students whose first language isn’t English. The Division’s academic, non-credit intensive program supports the idea that whole language practice is facilitated through learning four key skills areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) in an active learning environment.

For more information about ELP visit or call the Division of Continuing Education at 912-478-5555.

Georgia Southern University offers Human Resource Seminars for Business Professionals

STATESBORO, Ga. – July 29, 2015 – Professionals with employee relations responsibilities are invited to Georgia Southern University’s new season of Legal Awareness in the Workplace seminars, now offered in Statesboro, Ga. as well as Savannah, Ga. and Brunswick, Ga.

Through the Legal Awareness in the Workplace series, Human Resource professionals, office managers, supervisors, and other business leaders attend 90-minute professional development seminars on the employment law issue of their choice.

Seminars are held monthly, rotating from the Coastal Georgia Center located in Savannah, the law office of Hunter Maclean located in Brunswick and the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center on campus in Statesboro.

The course instructors are partner attorneys in the Savannah office of Hunter Maclean. Each instructor was included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

LAW 125: Discrimination and Hostile Work Environment Discrimination and harassment claims occur in even the best of firms. Attorney Sarah Lamar will help participants identify what qualifies as discrimination, who can be charged with harassment, and how best to reduce the likelihood of these charges in the workplace. Tuesday, August 18, Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, Ga.

LAW 118: ADA Accommodations and Your Firm Attorney Wade W. Herring will inform participants of what the newly strengthened Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means to employers. Armed with this knowledge, they will be able to ensure that their firms are compliant with the ADA. Tuesday, September 22, Hunter Maclean Brunswick law office, Brunswick, Ga.

LAW 123: Social Media Use – What Employers Should Know The social media craze is here to stay: Facebook, Twitter, email, texting, etc. Attorney Shawn Kachmar will give a practical review of applicable statutes and regulations to help participants choose suitable policies for their firms to ensure compliance with state and federal privacy laws. Tuesday, October 20, Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Statesboro, Ga.

LAW 124: Managing Employee Leave – Including FMLA, ADA & Workers Comp Attorney Shawn Kachmar will teach when and how to apply unpaid leave, accommodate injured workers with re-assignment, approve medical leave requests, and implement missed-work policies. Tuesday, November 17, Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, Ga.

LAW 126: Best Practices in the Hiring Process – Including Background Checks Each time a company seeks a new employee, it must follow federal requirements and determine how much background information is needed. Attorney Wade W. Herring will help participants learn which steps are required and which are optional for successfully completing the hiring process. Tuesday, December 1, Hunter Maclean Brunswick law office, Brunswick, Ga.

LAW 122: From Hiring to Termination — Effective Employee Management Attorney Sarah Lamar will address how to: follow pre-hire procedures, handle discipline issues, properly process discharging employees and maintain a positive working environment. Tuesday, January 19, Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Statesboro, Ga.

All seminars have been approved for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The seminars have been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for 1.5 recertification credit hours toward the PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification.

The seminar fee is $59 for individuals and $55 each for four or more per firm. The registration deadline is noon Tuesday, the week before each seminar’s start date. To register, go to or call toll-free 855-478-5551. For more information, e-mail