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Continuing Education Team members Recognized at Georgia Southern University Ceremony

STATESBORO, Ga. – January 6, 2016- Four staff members from the Division of Continuing Education and Coastal Georgia Center will be recognized on Thursday, January 7, 2016, during the 2016 Staff Service and Merit Awards of Excellence Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

This annual ceremony recognizes Georgia Southern University staff for their years of service to Georgia Southern. In addition, staff members who have been nominated for a Merit Award of Excellence by their co-workers and supervisors will be recognized. Of the 48 nominees, eight (8) will be presented with a medallion and a monetary award.

The Division team members part of this year’s ceremony are as follows; Kelly Pye, Staff Assistant, 10 years of service; Tina Brookins, Coordinator of Office Services, 20 years of service; Deborah Champion, Systems Support Specialist, 30 years of service; and LaKeshia McIntosh, Custodian I, nominated for the 2016 Merit Award of Excellence.


Brookins_TinaTina Brookins has held several positions at Georgia Southern over her 20 years of service, and currently works within the administrative team at the Division of Continuing Education. As Coordinator of Office Services, Ms. Brookins wears many hats as she is involved with coordinating hotel and catering information for conferences and events, CEU Reporting, and assisting operations in events of 50 persons, among other duties. In response to Ms. Brookins upcoming recognition, she leaves this message with you, “the greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can become,” – Max De Pree.


McIntosh_LakeshiaLaKeshia McIntosh is responsible for maintaining the Coastal Georgia Center. As the Center’s Custodian I, she coordinates supply orders for the maintenance and setup of the building. As noted by her team as a motivator, Ms. McIntosh always helps staff whenever or wherever needed for all events. Friendly, courteous and a hard worker, she is a true asset to the team at the Coastal Georgia Center and CE. “I am very excited and grateful about being nominated for the 2016 Merit Award,” stated LaKeshia about Thursday’s award ceremony.


Please join the Division and Georgia Southern University in congratulating our esteemed staff in their dedication to Georgia Southern University and continued success as distinguished members of our team.

Alesha Wright promoted to Operations and Facilities Manager at the Coastal Georgia Center

STATESBORO, Ga. – December 2, 2015– The Division of Continuing Education is excited to announce Alesha Wright as the new Coastal Georgia Center’s Operations and Facilities Manager. She will lead the Coastal Georgia Center team as part of the Division of Continuing Education, under the direction of the Division’s Executive Director, Dr. Belkis Torres-Capeles.

Alesha joined the Division in June, 2015 as an assistant to the Executive Director and quickly adapted to the demands of her role. She possesses a positive demeanor, commitment and dedication to fulfill the Division’s mission making her an exceptional candidate for promotion.

“I welcome the opportunity to lead a great team while improving the organization processes and procedures, revenue generation, client-centeredness and program development,” Alesha stated.

With a passion for improving and lengthening the lives of all people, Alesha has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from Armstrong State University. Currently, she is fulfilling the dissertation requirements to obtain a Doctor in Public Health from Georgia Southern University.

Alesha has been a frontline practitioner in health education, health policy and planning making her an invaluable addition to the Division of Continuing Education’s team. Please join us in welcoming Alesha to the Georgia Southern University Family.


Alesha Wright Contact Information

Office: Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, Ga

Phone: 912-478-8884


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
For more information, e-mail

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.

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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