2016 GAEA Conference Agenda


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Workforce Development at Harrisburg Area Community College

Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) has opened a search for its new Associate Provost, Workforce Development. The first review of candidates, scheduled for March 28, 2014, is quickly approaching, and we want to be sure you have had a chance to review this exciting position. The Associate Provost will lead an office committed to changing lives for the better through quickly responding to and meeting the needs of the wider community. This is a great opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional who enjoys a fast-paced environment and collaborating with a wide variety of internal and external constituent groups. For more information, please visit www.rpainc.org/posts/HACCWorkforceAd.pdf

Led by a dynamic President in John J. “Ski” Sygielski, HACC strives to create opportunities and transform lives, and the Office of Workforce Development will be crucial to achieving this mission. If you have any interest in this opportunity, please email me at haccworkforce@rpainc.org or call me at 800-992-9277. Although candidate materials will be accepted until the position is filled, for guaranteed full consideration, please submit a cover letter and résumé before March 28.

If you have no interest in this opportunity but would like to nominate a friend or colleague, please contact me at the above email address or phone number. Your input is valuable, and I hope to hear from you soon.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Isaac Karaffa
Senior Recruitment Specialist
RPA Inc.
(800) 992-9277

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View from the Riverboat

Savannah Riverboat Cruises is a treasured attraction on the Savannah River, for over 20 years we have had the honor of welcoming visitors and our local community on board for a memorable river experience and not just a view. Your conference attendees may buy into our scheduled cruises individually or I will help you plan the perfect group event for as few as 25 or as many as 600 and I will handle everything from food to entertainment. I will coordinate the perfect afternoon or evening experience for you and your group. You may start with one of our affordable pre-planned packages or I will work with you to customize according to your own needs. Call or email me for information and rates to begin planning your groups Savannah Riverboat Cruise!


7:00 PM Departure – 2 hour Cruise


From the moment you embark, experience professional service in the spirit of traditional nautical entertainment. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious local cuisine, impeccable service and the sights and sounds of one of the “hippest” waterfronts in North America!

Menu: Bourbon Peach Pork Loin; Prime Beef,  Savannah Style Shrimp and Grits; Lemon and Artichoke Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast; Fresh Catch of the Day  Vegetarian Penne Pasta tossed with Olive Oil, Spices, and Parmesan; Potatoes Au Gratin; Fresh Squash Casserole; Assorted Side Salads; Garden Salad with Dressings and Toppings; Fresh Cut Fruit Display; Bread Service, Choice of Dessert Service. Iced Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, or Lemonade.


Individuals: $53.95 plus port fee and state tax: $59.45 plus service charge: $71.00 inclusive

Group Rate: Groups of 25 or more: Adults – $48.55 plus service charge, port fee and state tax: $63.90 inclusive

Children ages 4 to 12: $29.95 plus service charge, port fee and state sales tax: $39.40 inclusive

Saturday Nights

Individuals: $59.95 plus service charge, port fee and state tax: $78.90

Group Rate: Groups of 25 or more: $53.95 plus service charge, port fee and state tax: Adults –  $71.00 inclusive

Children ages 4 to 12: $43.35 inclusive


Description: A narrated cruise that takes you north on the Savannah River under the Tallmadge Bridge into the ports, where you’ll learn about their importance past and present. The Capitan will turn the boat around and you’ll head east on the historic Savannah River where you’ll continue to learn about our beautiful historic city. Boarding begins 30mins prior to the one hour cruise.

    12:00 PM Departure – 1 ½ hour Cruise

March through October – Saturday & Sunday

2:00 PM Departure – 1 hour Cruise

Every Saturday & Sunday in January & December

Every Wednesday through Sunday in February

Daily from March through November PLUS Dec 26-31

4:00 PM Departure – 1 hour Cruise

Saturday only in February, March & November

Daily from March through October

Menu: There is no food included in this cruise; however, there is a snack bar and cash bar open on this cruise for purchasing snacks and drinks.


For a group of 25 or more: $19.95 per person plus port and state tax: Adults – $21.75 per person inclusive

Children ages 4 to 12: $14.27 inclusive per

Saturday Lunch (Saturdays Only March-October)

12:00 PM Departure – 1 ½ hour Cruise

March through October

Description: This cruise is truly a two in one deal! You not only get to eat on our beautiful riverboats, you also get to experience the fully narrated tour from the boat Capitan. Come ready to relax and feast on a delicious southern buffet all while cruising along the Savannah River. Join us for a historic tour and delectable fare.

Menu: Assorted Salads, Honey Glazed Pork Loin, Miss Franny’s Southern Fried Chicken, Chef’s Choice Special Station, Southern Style Turnip Greens, Creamy Squash Casserole, Sweet Potato Soufflé, Seasonal Fresh Vegetable, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Dinner Rolls, Fruit Cobbler, Cakes, Brownies, Iced Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, or Lemonade.


For a group of 25 or more:  Adults $$35.95 plus service charge, port fee and state sales tax: $47.30 per person inclusive

Children ages 4 to 12: $21.95 plus service charge, port fee and state sales tax: $28.90 inclusive



Groups of 75 to 170 may choose to charter an exclusive deck with flexible menu options

Groups of 200 to 600 may choose to charter a private boat with flexible cruise times and menu options

The following menu packages have been designed to give you an idea of the quality of our cuisine as well as spark your imagination as you think about the culinary experience you want to give your guests. Please keep in mind that we use only the finest and freshest ingredients in every dish, and that all menus can be customized to meet your vision, taste and requirements.


Choice of (2) Meats: for the whole group

– Southern Fried Chicken

– Seasoned Baked Chicken

– Bourbon Glazed Peach Pork Loin

– BBQ Ribs

Seasonal Greens , Savannah Red Rice

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese , Sweet Potato Soufflé

Corn Bread with Sweet Vidalia Onion Jelly

Garden Salad with Dressings & Toppings

Banana Pudding & Peach Cobbler

Iced Tea, Lemonade, Soft Drinks or Coffee included.

Sunday through Friday Nights $57.84 X Minimum Additional Guests Adults: $57.84 inclusive Children ages 4 to 12: $33.00 inclusive Children 3 and under free


Southern Side Salads

Mixed Garden Salad with Dressings & Toppings

Seasonal Pork Sausage , Corn on the Cob ,Georgia Creek Shrimp

New Potatoes ,  BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans , Savannah Red Rice,  Bread & Dessert Service

Iced Tea, Lemonade, Soft Drinks or Coffee included.


$64.74 x Minimum

Additional Guests

Adults: $64.74 inclusive per               Children ages 4 to 12: $39.40 inclusive         Children 3 and under free


Side Salads

Cuban Pork Loin Mojo , Jerk Chicken

Seafood au Gratin , Conch Fritters

Black Beans & Rice , Fried Plantains

Fresh Seasonal Vegetables ,   Bread & Dessert Service , Assorted Salads

Iced Tea, Lemonade, Soft Drinks or Coffee included.


$63.90 x Minimum

Additional Guests

Adults: $63.90 inclusive

Children ages 4 to 12: $39.40 inclusive

Children 3 and under free

A Savannah favorite, this two-hour outing combines all the classics, small bites, specialty drinks, spectacular scenery and superior service

Savory Flavors of the Low Country


Low Country Boil Skewers

Steamed Local Shrimp, Baby Corn on the Cobb, Petit New Red Skin Potatoes, Summer Sausage

Cocktail Dipping Sauce

Georgia Caviar

Black Eyed Pea Salad served in a Crispy Wonton Cup


Grilled Chicken and Savannah Crab Burger
Blue Cheese Crumbles and Smoked Cheddar
Baby Dills, Gherkins and House Made Condiments


Domestic and Imported Cheeses garnished with fresh Fruits

Served with Crackers

Cauvery and Mashed Potato Martini Bar

Sea Salt and Pepper Crusted Beef Strip Loin

Thyme Scented Mushrooms and Sweet Vidalia Onions

Roasted Turkey Breast, Cranberry Chutney

Mustards, Buttermilk Biscuits

Horseradish Sauce and Crusty French Bread

Whipped Russet Potatoes and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Bacon, Grated Cheese, Sour Cream, Green Onion, Brown Sugar, Raisins and Chopped Pecans

Green Salad Station

Fresh Mixed Greens

Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers, Black Olives, Grated Cheddar, House Made Croutons,

Pickle Tray

Balsamic and Ranch Dressings


Chef’s choice of assorted “southern” desserts

A sweet way to end your evening


Iced Tea, Coffee, Lemonade and Soft Drinks


Per Person: $67.50 plus service charge $13.50 plus port fee $2.02 plus state sales tax $5.81: $88.83 inclusive per person

Moonlight Entertainment Cruise

Boarding at 9:00 pm   departing at 9:30 pm  returning at 11:00 pm

Join friends and colleges for the perfect finish to a Savannah evening. House entertainment and a cash bar

Can be set up any night of the week for groups of 60 to 600

Rate: $22.75 inclusive per person


Get out of the hotel ballroom for an afternoon cruise with cocktails both ways on the Savannah River. The perfect way to relax and get to know each other better. Customized to accommodate your needs


Each deck has a full service bar. Groups may choose a cash bar so that if any of their guests would like to purchase beer, wine or alcohol it is available. Groups may also choose to provide all or some of their guests favorite libations by choose a hosted hourly bar, drink tickets or a bar based on consumption, please let me know and I will be happy to send you our bar pricing

Souvenir Boarding Photo’s Take Home the Memory

Each 6×8 photo comes in a souvenir Savannah Riverboat Company photo folder

Photos are taken during boarding (you may choose to take the photo as a group or as individuals)

Photos are ready before you get off the boat

Add a Company logo for $150.00

Add Text for Free:

20 photo pre-purchase minimum – photos must be pre ordered and paid for prior to your event for the discount.

$11.02 inclusive per photo on board the photos sell for $25.00

Booking Requirements

a 10% deposit of the overall cost to hold the space. The due date for this deposit will be determined at the time of booking

A deposit of 50% will be required (1) month prior to your cruise date

Your guaranteed guest count and the balance due based on this count will be required (14) days prior to your cruise. We will accommodate additional guests over your guarantee up until the day of your cruise based on availability


Deborah Bouchea
Event Sales Manager
River Street Riverboat Company
P.O. Box 10086
9 East River Street
Savannah, GA  31412
Direct Phone 912-629-2637



Reservations 912 232-6404   *    800-786-6404

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Clayton State to Launch Digital Film Technician Certificate Program in February 2014

The Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State University will be launching a new program in February 2014 that will have a major impact on individuals, economic development and a growing industry in metro Atlanta… and provide another way to make dreams real.

filmThe Digital Film Technician Certificate program is a two-course program with day and evening classes that is designed to introduce students to production of digital media and film. Digital Film Tech Training I, scheduled to launch on Feb. 18, 2014 for the evening course and Mar. 3, 2014 for the day course, is designed for students with no background in digital media, as well as those students with some experience or coursework in the field. Digital Film Tech II, which will start in the summer of 2014, is a follow-up course designed to help students achieve a level of film/media production skills that will promote employability and/or the ability to become independent contractors.

Both courses are designed, and will be taught by, Barton Bond, who comes to Clayton State from New Mexico with 45 years of experience working in electronic media, the last 25 years being teaching on the college level. Beginning in 1987 at Santa Fe Community College, Bond developed academic programs in electronic media production and digital media. In 2003 he developed and taught the first, and to date the only, film technician training program in the country, a program created in response to a pressing need for qualified crew members to staff the numerous Hollywood-based films being shot in New Mexico.

With Atlanta rapidly becoming the Hollywood of the East, thanks to initiatives like the new Pinewood Studios in Fayette County, Tyler Perry’s studio expansion, and productions like “Catching Fire,” “Joyful Noise” (which included a scene shot on the Clayton State campus), and “The Walking Dead,” Clayton State’s Center for Continuing Education has brought Bond east to replicate that same program in the Southern Crescent.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this nationally-recognized curriculum,” says Janet Winkler, executive director of Continuing Education at Clayton State. “Barton Bond comes to us with 40 plus years of media experience, the last ten of which were spent developing and teaching the only film crew training program in the country.”

“New Mexico was the first state in the nation to offer financial incentives to attract films and TV productions from Hollywood,” says Bond. “And also the first and to date the only state to develop a comprehensive training program to quickly get workers trained at level that would allow them to work on film sets.

“As the level of film, TV and digital media production in Georgia grows, the need for trained workers will also increase. We saw the same thing happen in New Mexico, and we trained literally hundreds of workers – giving the state the third largest crew base outside of Los Angles and New York. I see Georgia poised to exceed that number within the next few years.”

“In addition to preparing students for feature film and TV productions, the program will also provide students basic skills required to work in other media projects like independent films, and commercial and industrial projects,” adds Winkler.

Digital Film Tech Training I will deliver a complete basic skill set in the areas of production planning as well as on-set skills in lighting, grip, sound, camera, art, make-up, wardrobe, script supervision, locations and craft services. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in two, all-day Saturday film productions.

Digital Film Tech Training II will develop and reinforce students’ skills in the areas of production planning as well as on-set crafts. The course will include working with members of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 479 (ITASE) and other credentialed guest lecturers. Students will be able to work on “real” productions, network with and receive mentoring from local production professionals.

“I want to pay tribute and give credit to Bobby Vazquez, former president of IATSE Local 479, who had the vision for creating a program to develop a trained workforce here in Georgia, not only to support the current need, but to attract new film and TV production companies to Georgia,” says Winkler. “Clayton State University has established a memorial fund in Bobby’s name to provide scholarship opportunities and a way for corporate sponsors to support this educational training program.”

Class sizes for the two Digital Film Tech Training courses will be limited. For more information, call the Clayton State Center for Continuing Education at (678) 466-5050, or go to http://www.clayton.edu/conted/Digital-Film.

A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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Hello managers, supervisors, deans and directors!

Here is a thought provoking message from Jack Welch about managing. In our hectic worlds of continuing education and training, we manage instructors, deadlines, programs, projects and possibly other staff members, how can we balance it all?

Since there is such a bias in the markets for short-term results, how can managers prepare for the long term?

In a word, that’s management. Balancing the demand for quarterly results with the pressure for a profitable future is what good managers do for a living. What do you think you were hired for? You were hired to wrestle a paradox-and pin it to the mat. And not just once, but over and over again. You have to eat, and you have to dream.

Look, anyone can manage for the short term. Just keep squeezing the lemon, wringing out costs until there’s nothing left but the pulp. And anyone can manage for the long term. Just keep telling people: “Be patient. Our strategy will pay off in time.” The mark of a leader is someone who has the rigor, vision, and courage to do both simultaneously.

Take the example of managing people, a true short-long balancing act. Of course you want to motivate your team to deliver immediate results. You can do that with incentives and rewards, clear goals, and a passionate attitude about winning-the more passionate the better. But you can never stop thinking about developing your people, too. That means sending them to internal training programs or outside courses, giving them different experiences and stretch assignments, and encouraging them to take risks. Those activities may not deliver instant results, but they’re an investment in the future that you must make.



It’s the same story with managing R&D (or program planning) . Obviously, you need to fund projects that will improve and expand your existing products. That’s usually money well spent, with relatively quick and certain returns. But some portion of your budget also needs to be earmarked for the kind of research that will deliver results in several years. Now, how much should go to each investment bucket? Your call, boss.

Perhaps the most common managerial balancing act has to do with marketing. With one phone call, you can take the easy way out and cut your advertising budget 20% to 50%. That will drop the savings right to the bottom line, with no sales impact for a quarter or two and no blood spilled in terms of programs or people. But what about the long-term hit to market share and brand? That’s the judgment call, and you’re the judge.

Contributed by Karen LaMarsh

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Have your employees received a raise recently? Most state employees have not received a raise in at least five years. Consequently, morale has become an increasingly significant issue. As the job market recovers, will your employees maintain their allegiance to you or will they take advantage of emerging job opportunities?

This issue and question have sparked a high demand for no-cost / low-cost employee appreciation strategies to help increase morale.

There is a wealth of information available via the Internet on this subject and you are encouraged to research this topic further. Some basic Internet research found a number of existing employee surveys that overwhelmingly illustrated that the three most popular no-cost / low-cost employee appreciation strategies are allowing employees to wear blue jeans, work half-day Fridays and pizza parties. Below are just a few no-cost / low-cost strategies that you may wish to consider for helping alleviate low morale.

1.  No-Cost / Low-Cost Employee Appreciation

A. Blue Jean Days

B. Half-Day Fridays

C. Pizza Parties

D. Employee of the Month

i. Monthly nominations of employees who go above and beyond for recognition by the most senior ranking executive

ii. Most senior ranking executive notifies and presents the recipient with a handwritten note of recognition

iii. Employee of the Month reserved parking space

iv. Recognition of one of the 12 monthly recipients as Employee of the Year

v. Recipients are presented with notion(s) of appreciation (gift card, tickets, lottery tickets, organization logo item, candy, etc.)

E. Random Weekly Employee Spotlight

i. Weekly snapshots of an existing employee and new employees in the weekly newsletter or an internal e-mail blast

ii. Human Resources selects and writes up with employee input and permission

F. Most senior executive attends divisional / departmental / area staff meeting

i. Provides an opportunity to get more intimate with staff and operations as well as gives staff opportunity for some senior executive level Q&A

G. Remote Office Days

i. Allow staff to work from home for a day or a particular day each week for a limited time

H. Family Thank You Letter

i. Mail a thank you letter to the family of the employee

I. Deliver candy, snacks, candles, lottery tickets, gift cards, flowers, tickets to a concert, sporting event, play, movie, etc.

i. Life Saver Reward

1. Life-Savers candy delivered to staff who performed well or above and beyond

ii. Mr. Goodbar Reward

1. Mr. Goodbar candy delivered to staff who performed well or above and beyond

J. Thank You Meeting

i. Invite employees individually to your office to personally thank him / her

ii. Allows the employee 1:1 time with you and have your undivided attention to discuss whatever “they” may wish

***It is important that there be criteria for “awards” … if not, then employees won’t feel the intended recognition and find them to be random and possibly showing favoritism. “Rewards” are intended to be more like quick notions of appreciation and don’t necessarily require criteria but may still reflect favoritism … these should be somewhat few and far between to help minimize adverse responses by staff as a whole.

Contributed by Peter T. Snell, Ed.D.
Vice President, Economic Development Division
West Georgia Technical College

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