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Tech Moving Forward: Learn about GTPE's plan to resume in-person learning and events.

Meet Gary Toothe

Gary Toothe has been in the industrial services field for more than 30 years. Around the midpoint of his management career, he was tasked with bringing uniform safety standards and quality assurance processes to multiple branch offices for his employer. It was during this time that Gary realized he needed supplemental training and education to make his efforts as successful as possible.

Meet Daniel Bohannon

Daniel Bohannon logged long hours on nights and weekends to earn his Georgia Tech online master’s degree. He showed his employer, Chick-fil-A, that he had a commitment to learning and growing professionally.

The time he devoted to furthering his education caught the attention of the company’s security team, who reached out to him when an opening became available. Bohannon moved from being an analyst in information technology to a similar position with the security team.

Meet Dan LaRubio

When Dan LaRubio returned from a second tour in Afghanistan as part of the Georgia National Guard, he had plenty of skills to offer any company. In addition to military service, he had experience as a supervisor in a variety of sectors — business administration, retail and hospitality.

LaRubio wanted to find an employer who would meet him face-to-face and talk about his skills and career potential rather than check off the qualifications listed on his resume. There’s more to a person than what you can list on a piece of paper, he thought.

Meet Alphonso Bynes

While serving 12 years in the U.S. Army as a Black Hawk crew chief and aviation mechanic, Alphonso Bynes earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems management and a master’s degree in information technology management. When he arrived in the Savannah area in 2011, he taught business classes at nearby colleges and he was an instructor for the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School while on active duty from 2001 to 2013.

Meet Matt Rawlins

When it comes to construction-related projects, any improvement that reduces delays saves time and money. That’s why Matt Rawlins, president of Rawlins Mechanical, a medical plumbing company, and several of his employees decided to boost their project management skills through Georgia Tech Professional Education courses and certificate program.

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” Rawlins says. “You must be forward-thinking if you want the customer to consider you.”

Meet Sheela Shaw

Sheela Shaw desired to build and expand her systems engineering knowledge and earn an advanced degree from a university with a strong reputation. She only considered schools with top graduate engineering programs, and Georgia Tech was on her list.

She focused on finding a master’s degree program that was not fully online but still allowed her to continue her career with no interruption. It wasn’t easy to find a program with a blend of online and in-person learning that also allowed her to stay committed to her current job.

Meet Pasquale Italiano

The prestige of the engineering field and a fascination with the career field has carried Pasquale Italiano from his childhood in Italy to college and to continuing his education with Georgia Tech Professional Education.

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