College of Continuing and Professional Education claims top honors

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 17, 2014) – Kennesaw State University's College of Continuing and…

Georgia (Sep 17, 2014)KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 17, 2014) – Kennesaw State University's College of Continuing and Professional Education recently received nine awards from two highly respected adult learning organizations. This brings the total to 14 awards won by the college in 2014, topping the previous record of eight awards in 2012.

The most recent honors come from the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) which announced national and regional (UPCEA South) winners.

“We are truly honored and excited to be recognized by these awards,” Barbara S. Calhoun, dean, said. “We have a strong, hard-working team sharing the same ultimate goal – to empower those through lifelong learning.”

The nine awards won include:


  • Outstanding Service to Continuing Education – Brenda Lora, marketing production manager
  • Professional Continuing Educator Award – Michelle Girage, assistant dean
  • Program of Excellence, Noncredit – Paralegal Certificate
  • Emerging Continuing Education Leader – Karen Smith, strategic initiatives manager
  • Engagement Award – Training for International Educators (TIE) Program
  • Continuing Education Student Award – Moises Arroyo 

UPCEA Marketing

  • Publications: Newsletter – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Newsletter
  • Interactive Media Campaign – Promotional Videos (Information Systems Security, Paralegal and OLLI programs)


  • Outstanding Service Medallion – Barbara S. Calhoun, dean

“This demonstrates the uniqueness and talent of our entire staff,” said Michelle Girage, assistant dean. “We are humbled and thrilled by this recognition. It’s sure to inspire us moving forward.”

“I’m honored to work with such an amazing team of individuals who have developed outstanding programs to meet the training needs in our area,” said Tamara Grooms, assistant dean. “I’m elated to see their accomplishments are being recognized by regional as well as national organizations.”

The college received honors earlier this year from two education associations. In March, the Georgia Adult Education Association recognized the college for the following: Innovative Marketing Award (2013 Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser), Innovative Program Award (2014 Winter Career Expo) and Exemplary Service Contribution Award (Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser Advisory Board Members). In August, the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) honored the college by bestowing the Individual Leadership Award to Calhoun and the Crystal Marketing Award for the 2013 Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser.


Photo: From left to right are (front row) Cheryl Rodewig, social media specialist; Lyn Cohen, program manager for Languages; Barbara S. Calhoun, dean; Michelle Girage, assistant dean; (back row) Davia Lassiter, marketing manager; Robert Smith, assistant marketing director; Jason Brown, copywriter;  and Jennifer Henderson, program manager for Paralegal, HR and Payroll certificates.

The College of Continuing and Professional Education serves nearly 17,000 students annually and offers more than 50 professional certificate programs and 350 online courses. The College also houses the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Summer University. 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit