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Continuing Education at GSW provides lifelong learning for children, adults, seniors and professionals.

                                                  Inspiring you to LEARN MORE

                                                                                ...BE MORE!

Contact Info

Dr. Mark Grimes
Director, Continuing Education
229-931-4455
mark.grimes@gsw.edu

April Dodson
Senior Administrative Assistant
229-931-2151
april.dodson@gsw.edu

Questions and Answers

What is the deadline to register?

We will accept registrations up until the class start date unless a particular date is specified. However, it is better to register as early as possible to avoid a class being cancelled due to low enrollment.

Will I receive a reminder?

No, I'm sorry. It is the responsibility of the student to know when the class starts.

How can I register for a class?

Phone, Fax, Mail, Email

How can I pay?

Cash, Check, VISA, MasterCard and Discover

Classes (All Online)

    In the state of Georgia, teachers are required to complete 10 PLUs every 5 years in order to retain their teaching certificates. The courses below may be of interest to busy teachers who are on the go. Each of the PLU-awarding courses is six weeks in length, with two lessons issued per week. One 2-week extension can be granted. A final exam with a passing score of 70% will earn you 2 PLU credits. The exam may only be taken once.

    Every class starts every month.

    Start dates for 2015 include: February 18, March 18, April 15, May 13, June 17, July 15, August 12, September 16, October 14, November 11, and December 9.

    Start dates for 2016 include: January 13, February 10, March 16, April 13, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14.

    Since lessons are available for two weeks once they are released, you can start a class as late as two weeks after the official start date. For example, a lesson released on June 17, 2015 would be available until June 30, 2015, so you could start a course that officially begins on June 17 as late as June 30 and still access the first lesson.

    You DO NOT have to enroll as a student at GSW to take these classes.

    1. Register for the course of your choice
    2. Complete and return a Prior Approval Form.
    3. On the course start date, log in and begin your class by starting the first lesson. Make sure that you complete the readings, discussions, assignments, and quiz. You should retake the quiz until you score at least a 70%
    4. Every Friday and Wednesday for the next 6 weeks, log in and complete the readings, discussions, assignments, and quiz associated with the new lesson.
    5. When the final lesson has been completed, take the final, remembering that you need to score a 70% or better.
    6. After you have completed the quiz, print the certificate for your records, and complete and return an Online Student Affidavit Form.
    7. Complete the course evaluation and enter any comments on the appropriate screens.

    You must complete all 12 quizzes and the final exam to be eligible for the PLU credit. 

    Once all requirements are met, we will issue the PLU certificate and mail it to you.

    Prior Approval Forms, certificates of course completion, and student affidavits may be sent to us via mail, fax or email.

    Mail to Dr. Mark Grimes, GSW Continuing Education, 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA 31709.
    Fax to 229-931-2092.
    Email to mark.grimes@gsw.edu.

    • A to Z Grantwriting
    • Achieving Success With Difficult People
    • Advanced Grant Proposal Writing
    • Advanced Microsoft Excel 2007
    • An Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL
    • Beginning Writer's Workshop
    • Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners
    • Building Teams that Work
    • Common Core Standards for English Arts K-5
    • Creating a Classroom Website
    • Creating Classroom Centers
    • Creating the Inclusive Classroom-Strategies for Success
    • Creating Web Pages
    • Designing Effective Websites
    • Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
    • Differentiating K-12 Assessments
    • Empowering Students With Disabilities
    • Enhancing Language Development in Childhood
    • Get Assertive
    • Grammar Refresher
    • Guided Reading and Writing: Strategies for Maximum Student Achievement
    • Guided Reading: Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
    • Handling Medical Emergencies
    • Homeschool with Success
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Instant Italian
    • Integrating Technology In The Classroom
    • Intermediate Microsoft Access 2007
    • Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2007
    • Intermediate Microsoft Word 2007
    • Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010
    • Introduction To Algebra
    • Introduction to Biology
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • Introduction to Microsoft Access 2007
    • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007
    • Introduction To Microsoft Excel 2010
    • Introduction To Microsoft Word 2007
    • Introduction To Microsoft Word 2010
    • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 for the Mac
    • Introduction to Photoshop CS5
    • Keyboarding
    • Keys to Effective Communication
    • Leadership
    • Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 in the Classroom
    • Practical Ideas For the ESL/EFL Classroom
    • Ready, Set, Read!
    • Response to Intervention: Reading Strategies that Work
    • Singapore Math Strategies: Advanced Model Drawing Grades 6-9
    • Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6
    • Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies
    • Skills For Making Great Decisions
    • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
    • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems II
    • Spanish In The Classroom
    • Speed Spanish
    • Speed Spanish II
    • Speed Spanish III
    • Survival Kit For New Teachers
    • Teaching Adult Learners
    • Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar
    • Teaching ESL/EFL Reading
    • Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary
    • Teachig High School Students
    • Teaching Math Grades 4-6
    • Teaching Preschool-A Year of Inspiring Lessons
    • Teaching Science: Grades 4-6
    • Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards
    • Teaching Students with ADHD
    • Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success
    • Teaching Writing-Grades K-3
    • Teaching Writing-Grades 4-6
    • The Creative Classroom
    • The Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention Connection
    • Understanding Adolescents
    • Using the Internet in the Classroom
    • Writing Essentials
    • Writing for Children
    • Writing for ESL 

     

    For more information on or to register for these courses, please visit our website at www.ed2go.com/gsw. Click on "Courses" and locate desired course.

    Employers today require competent administrative staff with up-to-date office skills. This online certificate program is designed to help you acquire business skills and professional knowledge that distinguish the qualified office assistant. The certificate program consists of seven required courses and three elective courses. You have up to 18 months to complete these courses. Courses last six weeks and have 12 lessons. Two lessons are released each week, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday. Once you have completed all twelve lessons in each course, you must take a final exam for that course. The final exam comes out the same day as Lesson 12, and you have two weeks from that release date to complete the final. Once you pass the final exam, you can print out a letter of completion for that course. Take each course and spend time practicing what you learned while at home or on the job before going on to another content area. Copies of all ten completion letters must be sent to GSW Continuing Education in order to receive your certificate.

    You must score 75% or higher on each quiz and on the final to get credit for the course; you may retake the lesson quizzes as many times as you like, but you have only one opportunity to take the final.

    Every class starts every month.

    Start dates for 2015 include: February 18, March 18, April 15, May 13, June 17, July 15, August 12, September 16, October 14, November 11, and December 9.

    Start dates for 2016 include: January 13, February 10, March 16, April 13, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14. 

    Since lessons are available for two weeks once they are released, you can start a class as late as two weeks after the official start date. For example, a lesson released on June 17, 2015 would be available until June 30, 2015, so you could start a course that officially begins on June 17 as late as June 30 and still access the first lesson.

    You DO NOT have to enroll as a student at GSW to work on this certificate program.

     

    This agreement must be completed and returned to GSW before the program can officially begin.

    You can track your progress using this checklist.
     

    Required Courses


     (you may take courses in any order, but it will help if "Introduction" is before "Intermediate")

    Effective Business Writing

    Introduction to Microsoft Word

    Intermediate Microsoft Word

    Introduction to Microsoft Excel

    Intermediate Microsoft Excel

    Administrative Assistant Fundamentals

    Accounting Fundamentals

    Elective Courses


    Managing Customer Service

    Keys to Effective Communication

    Individual Excellence: Secrets of Career Success

    Speed Spanish

    Speed Spanish II

    Introduction to Microsoft Outlook

    Introduction to Quickbooks

    Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

    Certification Process


    Complete all seven of the required courses.

    Complete any three elective courses.

     

    For more information on the above courses, please go to www.ed2go.com/gsw.

    This is a non-credit program. No admission exams or application fees are required, but an application must be completed during a scheduled interview. You have up to 18 months to fulfill the requirements. There is no fee for the certificate program itself; fees are charged for the individual courses taken. Call Dr. Mark Grimes at 229-931-4455 for more information.

    Completed forms can be returned via US Postal Service to GSW Continuing Education / 800 GSWSU Drive / Americus, GA 31709

    or by fax to 229-931-2092

    or by email to mark.grimes@gsw.edu

 

Computer knowledge is essential in today’s highly technological society. GSW's Online Computer Science Certificate Program is designed to train individuals to fully utilize available software packages to their utmost potential. The certificate program consists of eight required courses and three elective courses. You have up to 18 months to complete these courses. Courses last six weeks and have 12 lessons. Two lessons are released each week, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday. Once you have completed all twelve lessons in each course, you must take a final exam for that course. The final exam comes out the same day as Lesson 12, and you have two weeks from that release date to complete the final. Once you pass the final exam, you can print out a letter of completion for that course. Take each course and spend time practicing what you learned while at home or on the job before going on to another content area. Copies of all 11 completion letters must be sent to GSW Continuing Education in order to receive your certificate.

You must score 75% or higher on each quiz and on the final to get credit for the course; you may retake the lesson quizzes as many times as you like, but you have only one opportunity to take the final.

Every class starts every month.

Start dates for 2015 include: February 18, March 18, April 15, May 13, June 17, July 15, August 12, September 16, October 14, November 11, and December 9.

Start dates for 2016 include: January 13, February 10, March 16, April 13, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14. 

Since lessons are available for two weeks once they are released, you can start a class as late as two weeks after the official start date. For example, a lesson released on June 17, 2015 would be available until June 30, 2015, so you could start a course that officially begins on June 17 as late as June 30 and still access the first lesson.

You DO NOT have to enroll as a student at GSW to work on this certificate program.

This agreement must be completed and returned to GSW before the program can officially begin.

You can track your progress using this checklist.

Required Courses

(you may take courses in any order, but it will help if "Introduction" is before "Intermediate")

Introduction to Windows XP

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Intermediate Microsoft Word

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Introduction to Microsoft Access

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

Navigating the Internet

Introduction to Microsoft Outlook

Elective Courses


 Keyboarding

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Intermediate Microsoft Access

Introduction to Quickbooks

Creating Web Pages

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher

Introduction to PC Troubleshooting

Certification Process


 Complete all eight of the required courses.

Complete any three elective courses.

 

For more information on the above courses, 
please go to www.ed2go.com/gsw and type the course name in the "search" box.

 

This is a non-credit program. No admission exams or application fees are required, but an application must be completed during a scheduled interview. You have up to 18 months to fulfill the requirements. There is no fee for the certificate program itself; fees are charged for the individual courses taken. Call Dr. Mark Grimes at 229-931-4455 for more information.

Completed forms can be returned via US Postal Service to GSW Continuing Education / 800 GSWSU Drive / Americus, GA 31709

or by fax to 229-931-2092

or by email to mark.grimes@gsw.edu

Need to do some catchup work to keep pace towards high school graduation?

The Online High School Credit Recovery Courses offer a flexible and affordable online option for students who need to make up credits or retake courses to improve their grades.  Instruction is entirely online, so students can study at their own pace with the guidance of a dedicated and experienced instructor. This unique support system is designed to help students succeed, even if they've struggled with high school curriculum in the past. This program is offered through Career Online High School, a division of Smart Horizons Career Online High School, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Each semester course is equivalent to 0.5 Carnegie unit and is designed to be completed in one month.

Before you start, please check with your school administrators to ensure that this program is accepted by their standards.

 

Start by printing this form and having someone at your school complete and sign it.

Then, print and complete this form (there are no signature lines; just sign on the last page.) 

Note that condition 3 on this form indicates that courses are $299; GSW has an arrangement that the courses are only $249.

 

When you are done, the Online High School program will communicate with your school to get your official transcript updated.

To see further details about these courses, including the Overviews, Descriptions, Requirements, and Syllabus, or to register for a course, please visit our website at http://highschool.ed2go.com/recover-course-credit/?Site=gsw.

 

The following courses are available:

  • Algebra I: Semester 1
  • Algebra I: Semester 2
  • Algebra II: Semester 1
  • Algebra II: Semester 2
  • Biology: Semester 1
  • Biology: Semester 2
  • Chemistry: Semester 1
  • Chemistry: Semester 2
  • English I: Survey of Literature: Semester 1
  • English I: Survey of Literature: Semester 2
  • English II: World Literature and Composition: Semester 1
  • English II: World Literature and Composition: Semester 2
  • English III: American Literature and Composition: Semester 1
  • English III: American Literature and Composition: Semester 2
  • English IV: British Literature and Composition: Semester 1
  • English IV: British Literature and Composition: Semester 2
  • Geometry: Semester 1
  • Geometry: Semester 2
  • Each course is $249.

     

    Mission Statement

    The University Writing Center furthers the GSW mission of cultivating intellectual and social growth for students by providing a positive environment for practice in writing, communication, and problem solving as well as for the development of critical thinking skills. We believe that learning to write and writing itself are complex processes that can be improved and facilitated through interaction with knowledgeable, attentive readers. Consultants assist students in strategies for all facets of the writing process and in every discipline. Additionally, the center serves as a resource for the larger GSW community in the teaching of writing.

    Location

    The Writing Center is located in ACE 104 and also offers online tutoring.

    Appointments and Online Consultations

    The Writing Center will be closed for the summer until August 22, 2016.

    Click here to access the Writing Center Portal to make an appointment

    Consultants

    • Ashley Bratcher
    • Megan Dolan
    • Brittnea Holland
    • Caleb Mims
    • Brigitte Locke
    • Megan Vonier
    • Jairus Whitley

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q:  Why meet with a Writing Center Consultant?

    Meeting with a consultant is a good idea whether you struggle with writing or consider yourself a strong writer. Writing Center Consultants are trained to be attentive readers who can review your paper and help make it stronger. They assist with all aspects of the writing process including brainstorming, developing thesis statements, drafting and organizing, and even revising. In addition, consultants can also help with grammar and style techniques. Overall, we believe visiting the Writer Center will be beneficial to every student, no matter what type of writer they consider themselves or where they are at in the writing process.

    Q:  How does a tutoring session work?

    During a tutoring session, we will first go over the assignment with you based on any rubrics or syllabi that you bring with you. Then we will discuss what you want to focus on, whether it is coming up with a topic or revising your paper. We will discuss any questions you have and help you develop strategies to improve your paper and overall writing skills.

    Q:  Why can’t you just fix my paper for me?

    Our mission is to consult with you in the writing process, not edit your paper for you. We will walk you through each of the steps of your writing process, but we cannot fix all of your mistakes for you.

    Q:  What do I need to bring to my session?

    For each session a student will need:

    • A rubric or class syllabus explaining the assignment
    • Any class notes having to do with the assignment
    • A draft of the paper, or notes and brainstorming ideas, if the student has them

    Q:  Can you tell me what grade I will get on my paper?

    We cannot tell you what grade you will make on your paper. We cannot be sure of how your professor will grade your work. Our job is simply to assist you through the writing process in order to help you come up with the strongest paper possible.

    Q: Can I get help on an essay exam?

    We cannot help you with essay exams, or “take home essays,” unless we have written permission from your professor. You may bring a signed note to the session or the professor can leave permission with the Director, Dr. Lauren DiPaula.

     

     

     

    This two year schedule shows a list of planned courses and as such is subject to change. At its sole discretion, the University may revise this schedule and any information contained herein, without advance notice. No contract, either expressly or implied, is created by this schedule.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    School of Business Administration

    School of Computing and Mathematics

    School of Education

    School of Nursing

    Library

    Focus

    The world today is becoming more and more technical, but the number of technical, science-oriented, majors has been steadily decreasing in recent years.  Opportunities in STEM fields abound, yet some must go unfulfilled.  It is time now to turn things around.  The latest teaching techniques have made studying and learning in these fields fun, exciting, and easier to grasp.  Gone are the days of memorizing seemingly unrelated principles and facts.  Welcome are the days of natural inquiry and developmental approaches that allow for concrete experiences and foster quicker learning and longer retention.

    Goals

    The aim of the STEM initiative at GSW is to increase enrollment and success in STEM courses and to increase the number of these majors and graduates.  This extends beyond the campus boundaries to area feeder schools by working with students and teachers to build interest, confidence, and expertise in STEM learning, several years before students enroll in college.

    Commitment

    GSW is committed to ramping up the emphasis in STEM teaching and learning for the betterment of the students and the world in which we live.

    Location

    STEM offices are located in Science 108.

    Degrees

    Biology offers a B.S. Degree in Biology and a minor in Biology.  These provide preparation for work in zoological, botanical, ecological, medical, dental, veterinarian and other vital areas.

    Chemistry offers a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Chemistry and preparation in the fields of environmental analysis, research and development, safety, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, production and management.

    Geology and Physics offer a B.S. in Geology and preparation in the geosciences and graduate work in geology.  Many diverse options await the graduates from environmental geology and hydrogeology to oceanography, paleobiology, and petrology.

    Engineering Dual-Degree offers a cooperative degree with the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Students generally complete 3 years at GSW and 2 years at Georgia Tech, which leads to a B.S. Degree in Math or a specific science and a B.S. Degree from Georgia Tech in a specific engineering discipline.  The more popular engineering fields being:  Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Material Science, Mechanical, and Nuclear.

    Information Technology offers a B.S. Degree in Information Technology.  This program prepares students to work in network administration, information security, telecommunications, web development, and computer graphics.

    Computer Science offers a B.S. in Computer Science, which prepares students to design and develop solution algorithms, design and build computer systems, design and translate languages, and to use languages and computers efficiently to solve a variety of otherwise tedious and complicated problems.

    Mathematics offers a B.S. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics with Option in Industrial Mathematics, a B.S. in Mathematics with Teacher Certification, and a Masters in Education in Secondary Mathematics.  Career opportunities are many and varied.  Banking, business, computer science, actuarial science, insurance, civil service and education are just a few.

    Personnel

    Dr. M. Elizabeth Gurnack
    STEM Advocate
    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    B.S. Universtiy of Illinois
    Ph.D., University of Minnesota
    Science Building Room 108
    Phone: 229.931.52356
    Email: stem@gsw.edu

    Activities

    Academy for Future Teachers

    From June 23 through June 30, we will host an all-day workshop for future teachers in STEM fields. Qualified rising high school juniors and seniors from southwest Georgia are invited to participate in this learning experience.  A limited number of applicants will be accepted based upon high school grades, letters of recommendation and activities/service/honors. Application forms and requirements and forms can be accessed from the following link:

    Apply to AFT

    On-campus science/math tutoring:  A science/math tutoring lab is organized to assist freshmen with their introductory courses.  Upper-division GSW students staff the lab.  Currently tutoring is provided in math and science in Science 123/124.  As need is identified, additional tutors will be added in other science areas.

    Science Competition:  Plans have been made to hold a science competition in April of 2009.  Area schools have been invited to our campus to compete on a written exam, participate in science and math labs and act out a version of the popular board game: Robo Rally.

    Workshops, Training and Off-campus Visitations:  Efforts are underway to begin working with area teachers and their classes to enhance interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  In order to increase excitement and performance in STEM fields in our area, a combined and cooperative program will be developed to create effective and long-lasting improvements and mastery of these vital disciplines.

     

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