Thanksgiving leaves

At UTC Center for Professional Education, we have discovered that an attitude of gratitude is important. Between personal blessings and program wins, CPE has much to be grateful for! As you take a look at our gratitude list, we hope that you are able to reflect on 2021 and remember moments and experiences to appreciate as well.


Ginger Duggan, MBA, PMP

Assistant Director of Business Development

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • Our amazing team at CPE. We have a passionate and dedicated group of employees.
  • Our talented instructors who are willing to share their expertise with our customers. They truly care about the students’ results.
  • Our customers! I am thankful to be part of their learning journey and the ability to make a difference in their lives and organizations.

A program win I am thankful for in 2021 is:

Completing the inaugural class of the UTC & Southeast TN SHRM HR Leadership Academy. The class was designed to give attendees the skills needed to become trusted business partners with their organizations. I am thankful to have played a part in bringing together an amazing group of HR professionals. I can’t wait to see the impact these individuals will make over the coming months and years.

 

John Freeze

Director

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • The resiliency of the Chattanooga community.
  • The support of our stakeholders and partners.
  • Seeing individuals reach their career goals.

 

 

 

Rebecca Hurst

Program Coordinator

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Overall, I am thankful for:

I can’t pick just three! So, I may have to double up on a few answers…

  • My family and friends | My health
  • Moving to Chattanooga | My incredible “work family” at CPE
  • My cat, Lady Meowington | Starbucks

Three program wins I am thankful for in 2021 are:

  • Learning about the IT industry and creating an exciting CompTIA certification program from the ground up.
  • Working with our military students, and their families, through programs like ArmyCA and MyCAA.
  • Seeing individuals reach their career goals.

 

 

Diane Perkins

Business Manager

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • Finally completing my bachelor’s degree.
  • Purchasing a home.
  • The best co-workers.

 

 

 

 

Emily Rakoczy

Registration Support Specialist

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • Being halfway done with my grad school program.
  • Audiobooks.
  • My family and friends staying healthy.

 

 

 

 

Tripp Stanford

Assistant Director of Marketing

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • My young son making an appearance in less than two months.
  • My wife and her strength and enjoyable character throughout her pregnancy.
  • Starting a new job in higher education.

 

 

 

Will Watson, MPA

Program Coordinator

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • My family.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Being able to attend live sports again.

Two program wins I am thankful for in 2021 are:

 

 

Marah Whitaker

Marketing Assistant

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Overall, I am thankful for:

  • The loving family and friends I have been blessed with.
  • Starting my grad program at UTC.
  • Discovering new books, music, and coffee shops this year—it’s the little things that make life sweet.