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2023 Annual Conference
April 20-21, 2023

Georgia Institute of Technology- Savannah Campus

Registration Fees:

GCEA Member: $250
Non-Member: $275

Registration Form Here (Instructions included on form)

Hotel Reservations:

We have a special rate of $179 a night at the Embassy Suites, Savannah Airport.

Please call 912-330-8222 for reservations or click the link below (Clayton State University Rates).

Available Rooms – Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah Airport


Let’s Learn the Ropes Together

Navigating the everchanging world of Professional and Continuing Education shouldn’t be done alone. It takes a crew of experienced professionals to sustain success. Join us for a few days of learning, networking and fun!

Sessions will be offered in Workforce and Contract Training, Marketing and Programming, where you will have the opportunity to learn new strategies for providing award-winning programs to your community and strengthen the ideas and processes you already have in place.

We look forward to seeing you at the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus, April 20-21, 2023.

Registration Form Here

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Our Keynote Speaker:

Nick “Sunshine” Tokman from the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch will be speaking on how to “Become Your Own Captain”. His session will give you the motivation and great ideas to meet the challenge of providing training and development programs that will inspire your employees to chart a course for a successful future.

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2023 Conference – All Hands on Deck

Session names/topics are subject to change.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

7:30-8:30 AM 8:30-8:45 AM 8:45- 9:00 AMRegistration and Breakfast
Welcome to Pooler- Pooler Chamber of Commerce
GCEA Welcome and Conference Information- Angela Myers-Jenkins
9:00-10:15 AMOpening Session- Nick “Sunshine” Tokman- Become Your Captain, Catch Your Future 
10:15-10:30 AMBreak 
10:30- 11:20 AMBreakout Sessions:
1-Worksource Georgia- What’s on the Horizon and How to Make the Most of Resources. (Karen Kirchler, TCSG)

2-Aceware- Making the Most of Your Student Management System. (Susan Kraft, Aceware Systems)
11:30 AM-12:20 PMBreakout Sessions:
1-The Impact of Digital Badges in Continuing and Adult Education. (Keith Fletcher, Savannah Technical College, SCC Grant)

2-A Time Management Blueprint to Being the Best You! (Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake, CEO, of the Writing Pad)
12:20- 1:45 PM

2:00- 2:50 PM

Lunch and Business Meeting  

Breakout Sessions
1-Quiet Quitting is Never Quiet! (Dr. Penny Joyner-Waddell, Public Speaking Coach- Speech Shark)

2-Crafting a Marketing Message to Attract More Corporate Clients. (Chase Highley, CEO, Greenstone Media)  
2:50- 3:00 PMBreak 
3:00- 4:00 PMSession- Don’t be Crabby- Self-Care Tips (Nick “Sunshine” Tokman) 
4:00- 5:30 PMBreak 
5:30- 7:30 PMSilent Auction Reception- Snacks and DrinksEmbassy Suites
    Dinner on Your Own 

Friday, April 21, 2023

7:30-9:00 AM

9:00- 10:15 AM

10:15- 10:30 AM

10:30- 11:45 AM

11:45 AM-12:00 PM
Registration and Breakfast

Session- Educating the Incarcerated in Georgia: Obstacles and Opportunities (Patrick Rodriguez, Co-Executive Director, Georgia Coalition for Higher Education in Prison)


G.I.F.T.S.- Great Ideas For Teaching Students- GCEA Members Share Ideas (Dr. Penny Joyner-Waddell, GCEA Members)  





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