ECE: Moving Forward

In its 70th year of service, Emory Continuing Education (ECE) continues to seek new ways to develop talent while supporting the career needs of people both in Atlanta and around the world. ECE’s objective is to equip students with the skills needed to secure and maintain attractive jobs in a variety of industries. 

“We’re building partnerships to strengthen our connections to top educators and businesses across the country – and these relationships will continue to help us successfully work towards our goal,” said Paul Welty, Executive Director and Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at Emory University. 

As part of this evolution, ECE is also launching an updated newsletter design with new featured content, in addition to more new courses and programs.

Since 1951, ECE has served as Emory University’s noncredit division, offering a multitude of certificate programs and hundreds of individual courses each year in professional and personal development. 

In response to increased demand for career-oriented learning, we have added more programs to address that need. Now, ECE has expanded its programming with an increased emphasis on information technology (IT) to better reflect the needs of the workforce.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ‘employment in computer and IT occupations is projected to grow 11 percent [until] 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. These occupations are projected to add about 531,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.’

Not only are these positions more plentiful, but they’re also more lucrative for well-qualified applicants:

‘The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950,’ according to BLS. Among the highest-paying jobs: Computer and Information Research Scientists, Network Architects, Security Analysts, and Database Administrators. 

As a result, ECE continues to develop and offer courses to effectively serve its students as well as businesses both locally and beyond: new certificate options include Data Analysis with Tableau, Cybersecurity, Salesforce Administrator, Digital Marketing, Coding Bootcamp and more. 

“Our technology classes and programs are designed to better prepare participants for jobs in an increasingly digital employment environment,” said Garet Green, Associate Director of Programs at ECE. 

But continuing education isn’t just for people wanting a new role or career, notes Green: “Staying on top of the latest industry trends and advancements is also critical for workers already in IT — not just to help maintain jobs, but to keep moving up the ladder for promotions, raises and other professional opportunities.”  

ECE will also highlight stories of students who faced the same crucial decision that many readers will instantly recognize: ‘should I enroll?’ 

Knowledge gained via investing in oneself often produces a rate of return greater than any other asset – and these students will explain how completing ECE programs resulted in life-changing career progression. 

Ultimately, instructors are accountable for student success testimonials – and the newsletter will profile ECE’s subject matter experts to spotlight the talents and expertise of those responsible for eliciting individual growth.

“Our instructors are one of ECE’s biggest strengths,” Green said. “Their practical, real-world experience allows us to deliver modern best practices, pioneering strategies, and innovative techniques so that our students can benefit.”

Interested in being the next ECE student success story? Visit ece.emory.edu to enroll today!

Questions or comments? Let ECE know!

Ryan Crowe