Georgia's #1 Resource for Continuing Education

Do You Feel Equipped To Thrive In Your Role?

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Do You Feel Equipped To Thrive In Your Role?

Even the best continuing educators can feel like they don’t have the relationships and resources they need to thrive in their role.
GCEA is a close-knit community of continuing educators in Georgia, providing the resources and perspectives that every educator needs to better serve the working adult.
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Georgia’s #1 Resource for Continuing Education

At GCEA, we know that as a USG or TCSG institution, you want to be equipped to provide the best continuing education possible. In order to do that, you’ll need a Georgia-based association that provides relationships and resources for superior continuing education.

A lot of educators in the state of Georgia try to deliver exceptional continuing education on their own. It’s hard, lonely, and frankly—more challenging than it needs to be.

Fortunately, continuing education is much easier if it’s done in community. There’s a group of educators from many of the Georgia universities, colleges, and technical colleges— all of whom work together to provide the excellent continuing education that Georgia adults deserve. This group is GCEA.

We know how it feels to want to provide superior continuing education, but not feel equipped or empowered to do so. For over 60 years, GCEA has been THE choice for adult educators in Georgia that need more resources and relationships to do their job well. Imagine being a part of a close-knit community that worked together to help everyone thrive as a continuing educator.

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Here’s How You Start Providing Even Better Continuing Education:

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1. Become a
GCEA Member

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2. Get Connected to
the GCEA Community
& Resources

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3. Be Empowered
& Equipped for
Continuing Education

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Our Mission

Even the best continuing educators can feel like they don’t have the relationships and resources they need to thrive in their role. GCEA is a close-knit community of continuing educators in Georgia, providing the resources and perspectives that every educator needs to better serve the working adult.

Vision

To create a more educated and work ready Georgia

Values

GCEA fosters a climate that encourages & rewards the following values:

  • Innovation
  • Public service
  • Continuous improvement
  • Quality
  • Inclusiveness
  • Economic development
  • Collaboration
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Professional development
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History

The Georgia Continuing Education Association was founded on April 15, 1955, when a group of adult educators met at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in a conference entitled “The Challenge of Adult Education in Georgia.” The group included representatives from colleges and universities, libraries, public secondary schools, professional associations, and departments of state government. The conference concluded with the appointment of a committee charged with the responsibility of planning the formation of a permanent state council in adult education. The committee made its report in September, 1956, at a second conference on “Establishing Priorities for Adult Education in Georgia.” At that conference the group officially organized as a council, adopting Articles of Agreement with this Preamble:

  • In the belief that only a vigorous, democratic people can remain free... In the recognition that among a free people, learning for every citizen must be continued throughout life...
  • In the understanding that the capacity to perfect skills, to enrich living, and to increase social understandings and effectiveness is ever present in human beings...
  • In the knowledge that adults through education must seek continually new and better ways to achieve these ends and ideals...
  • We, who share these convictions, seek to build a stronger adult education movement through this organization.

GCEA was chartered on April 2, 1959, as the Georgia Continuing Education Council, Inc. In the spring of 1975, the council became the Georgia Continuing Education Association, Inc., and functions today as the umbrella organization serving adult educators from all segments of the adult education profession. Throughout its history, GCEA has attempted to provide a leadership mechanism for adult educators across the full spectrum of the profession. The first six GCEA presidents represented the Georgia Tuberculosis Association, the State Department of Education, Mercer University, The University of Georgia and Southern Bell Telephone company respectively. It can be seen that professional associations, government, public and private institutions of higher education, and private enterprise have contributed to the development of GCEA and its rich history of service to adult education in Georgia.

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Bylaws

The Georgia Continuing Education Association, GCEA, is an association of adult/continuing educators. It was founded in 1957 and is incorporated under the laws of Georgia. Select the link below for information on the organizational structure and bylaws.

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Why GCEA?

At GCEA (Georgia Continuing Education Association), we know that you want to be equipped to provide the best continuing education possible. It is beneficial then to belong to a Georgia-based association that can provide relationships and resources for superior continuing education. We’re the only association of our kind in the state. If you’re struggling in your role and you want years of distilled wisdom at your disposal, we recommend joining our group! It makes the work much easier.

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“I was looking for professional development
 
opportunities and a way to meet others in the same
 
field. GCEA provides great conferences each year and
 
an opportunity to network and learn what others are
 
doing in the field of continuing education.”

- GCEA Member

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“GCEA has helped me grow in my profession by offering

programming that increased my knowledge about profitable

programs. My experience with GCEA has been positive and rewarding.

After becoming a member of GCEA, I felt better about developing

viable courses and training opportunities for my community.”

- GCEA Member