Press Release

Distance Learning and Professional Education Gets Name Change

ATLANTA, GA (02/04/2012) - Following a series of discussions and decisions over the past several months related to both the future of Georgia Tech-Savannah, strategies related to professional education, and the evolution of “distance learning” in higher education, President G. P. "Bud" Peterson has approved an organizational name change, shortening the former Distance Learning and Professional Education to Georgia Tech Professional Education.

In making the recommendation to the president, Provost Rafael L. Bras cited a desire to support lifelong learning, providing opportunities that both individuals and industries need for growth and development.

"The focus of the organization is to provide professional development and education for the workforce along a continuum of one’s life, in credit and non-credit academic programs, using Georgia Tech expertise and supporting Georgia Tech’s mission," Bras wrote. "The name Georgia Tech Professional Education seems most fitting to convey this direction."

The head of the organization, currently Dr. Nelson Baker, will be titled as the Dean of Professional Education.

“With the rapidly changing content and context in the workplace, Georgia Tech's professional education programs are designed, in partnership with our faculty, to keep individuals and organizations globally competitive," he said. "Through ongoing research, we’re continually looking ahead to anticipate what individual learners and industries need to know next and identify how we can best help them acquire and apply that knowledge. Over the past year, we have touched more than 13,000 individuals, representing more than 3,100 organizations around the world. We are excited about our future growth and impact.”


About Georgia Tech Professional Education

Georgia Tech Professional Education is an academic division of the Georgia Institute of Technology, which consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Professional Education offers professional master's programs, short courses, and certificate programs to meet the needs of working professionals and industry partners. Programs are available worldwide through a variety of face-to-face, blended learning, online and/or distance learning modalities. In addition to professional course offerings, the division administers K-12 outreach and English proficiency programs, and manages a meeting and event facility. Professional Education serves and educates more than 3,100 companies and over 13,000 individuals on an annual basis, and is located at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta and at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus.

Contact Info: 

Nikki Troxclair, APR, LEED AP
Communications Manager, Professional Education
Georgia Institute of Technology
Phone (912) 966-7913 | Cell (912) 344-1473