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Looking Back, Moving Forward

January 9, 2017

The start of a new year and the Winter term is a time to reflect on our accomplishments in the past quarter, evaluate our goals and, if necessary, make changes for the future.

The second cohort of First-Year Exploratory Studies, more than five times the size of the previous one, has completed its first quarter. This group has been the first to benefit from the program’s new Peer Mentoring program. Through the program, last year’s Explorers provide guidance, camaraderie, and an experienced perspective to current Exploratory Studies students. I have heard nothing but praise so far, and I expect that to continue as the program grows.

We anticipate the first cohort for the Master of Science in Professional Studies this Fall. In November, our program director led a webinar on the Essentials of Good Business Communication; look forward to an upcoming session on negotiation next month. In the meantime, the Professional Studies blog remains an invaluable source of job search tips, career advice, interviews and article reviews. I encourage anyone, regardless of career level, to check in regularly.

Since September, we have announced two Continuing Professional Education programs with a focus on technology and an eye toward the future. The first course in our Scale Academy, as well as offerings in Data Analytics, promise to equip students with the tools necessary to excel in the modern workplace. Our courses in Project Management and Six Sigma remain popular, and we look forward to the first full non-credit course in the Professional Sales program.

Finally, I would like to introduce two staff members who joined us in the Fall term. Kena Sears oversees our Continuing Professional Education programs and develops partnerships with employers throughout the region as Director of Continuing Professional Education and Workforce Initiatives, while Chris Sarachilli promotes the College and handles all marketing initiatives as Communications Manager. They are welcome additions to the Goodwin family.

Looking back at the progress we’ve made, I am excited for what the future holds: new courses, new programs and new ways to engage with our community.

Thank you for continuing to be a part of it, and I extend warmest wishes for the year ahead.


Tim Gilrain Signature

Tim Gilrain
Executive Director
Goodwin College of Professional Studies