School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SoCPS), formerly Extended University, campus expertise, resources, and facilities are extended to middle Georgia and beyond.  The school's mission is to enrich the economic, cultural, personal, and professional lives of Georgians through high-quality educational programs and comprehensive conference and academic support services.  

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies is engaging in an exciting new endeavor, as it is working hand-in-hand with the four academic colleges to offer online graduate-level certificate programs through the Department of Continuing and Professional Education.  In today’s rapidly changing world, workers may have up to 20 different careers over the course of their lifetimes and are in need of short-format credentials and certificates to provide the flexibility to change roles and industries at a moment’s notice.  Surveys of employers and job recruiters indicate that they also see the value of short-format certificates and credentials for “just-in-time” and “just enough” education.  With the addition of online graduate-level certificate programs to the array of programs and services offered by SCPS, the school hopes to help today’s workers retrain and retool for the rapidly changing job market. 

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a diverse and comprehensive slate of services through the departments and programs described below.

Learn more about our programs and directors in the latest edition of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies Spotlight Newsletter.

Cover of SoCPS Spotlight Newsletter Fall 21 - SoCPS
Continuing and Professional Education

Continuing and Professional Education serves approximately 12,000 members of our community annually through more than 800 noncredit course offerings from accounting to yoga.  Through our offerings, community residents are able to attend camps, conferences, and courses in areas such as computers; professional development; health, fitness, and sports; the fine and performing arts; Learning in Retirement and Road Scholar; Kids' University and children's activities; and travel vacations.  To register for a course, or for camp or conference assistance, call 478-445-5277.  

Production Services

Production Services works closely with Facility Reservations to offer professional event technology and logistic support for non-classroom settings on and off the Georgia College campus. Some examples of such support include and are not limited to: banquets, birthdays, celebrations, conferences, fundraising events, weddings, and many more. To inquire about services available, please contact Production Services

Historic Museums

Georgia College’s Historic Museums bring more than 15,000 visitors to campus each year.  Our museums include: 

  • Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion which served as the residence for Georgia’s chief executives for more than 30 years and is one of the nation’s finest examples of High Greek Revival architecture.
  • Andalusia served as the home of famed American author Flannery O’Connor from 1951 through 1964 and served as the location where she completed the bulk of her literary work.
  • The Sallie Ellis Davis House was the home of a dedicated and passionate Baldwin County teacher who was an inspiration and a pillar of the African American community.
Academic Outreach

Since 1968, Academic Outreach has provided free positive educational experiences for Pre-K through 12th grade students in Baldwin and surrounding counties.  The department's mission is to promote a passion for learning while having fun and increasing students' awareness of their surroundings.  This is accomplished through hands-on activities and non-traditional delivery systems at schools, environmental centers, and GC.  Because AO is funded through a generous endowment for science education from the Kaolin Industries of Georgia, many of its programs are science or environmental based, but they also range in programming from history and team building to art and music.  As members of the Community Action Team for Service (CATS), students of many majors reach out into the community through Academic Outreach.  For more information, call 478-445-0810.  

Afterschool Achievement

Funded entirely by grants, Afterschool Achievement works in partnership with our local schools to provide afterschool enrichment and learning opportunities for children in elementary, middle, and high school.  The YES Program, funded through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, exists to raise achievement and educational aspirations for students and their parents at Lakeview Academy and Oak Hill Middle School.  The High Achievers Program, funded by a grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, helps develop civically engaged youth with the ability and knowledge to be effective leaders.

Communities In Schools Milledgeville/Baldwin County

Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities in Schools of Baldwin County, managed and supported through a written agreement with Georgia College, is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students - many in jeopardy of dropping out - have the opportunity to focus on learning. For more information, visit: www.milledgeville.communitiesinschools.org.

Protection of Minors (Children) on Campus

Protection of Minors (Children) on Campus
Georgia College offers a variety of athletic camps, science camps, clinics, after-school programs, enrichment classes, group tutoring, test preparation courses, and activities which bring non-student minors onto campus. These programs and activities are of great educational value and serve to benefit both the institution and the larger community. These programs and activities provide Georgia College with the opportunity to challenge, educate, and mentor young people and to introduce them to our campus in a positive and meaningful way.  The safety and well-being of these visitors to our campuses is of the highest concern, and Georgia College is committed to best practices that provide a safe and healthy environment for all who participate, volunteer, or work in these activities.  For more information, contact Stephanie Westmoreland at 478-445-1238or by email at stephanie.westmoreland@gcsu.edu.