Clayton State University Executive Director of Continuing Education Janet Winkler has been named the Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia by the Georgia Adult Education Association (GAEA).
Winkler received this singular honor, the GAEA’s most prestigious award, at the recent GAEA annual meeting at the Jekyll Island Club. Susan Wirt, the executive director of Continuing Education at Columbus State University, and GAEA vice president of Member Services, presented the award to Winkler.
For 25 plus years, Winkler has worked in Georgia as a continuing education professional, for both Clayton State and Georgia Southwestern State University. She has been a member of GAEA for more than 20 years.
While at Georgia Southwestern State, Winkler was responsible for the Job Partnership Training Assistance or JTPA, a funded summer youth program, from 1986 to 1999. The program served approximately 350 youth each year. She also managed a JTPA-funded pilot nursing program for welfare recipients and other economically disadvantaged individuals. In addition, she organized and executed training for Sumter Regional Hospital administrators and supervisors, numerous divisions of employees for the City of Americus, Cooper Lighting, Department of Children and Family Services (in 18 counties), Sumter Electric Corporation and Textron Automotive.
At Clayton State, she has worked tirelessly to make the Center for Continuing Education successful by helping students gain the training they need professionally and personally. She has earned a reputation as the “can-do” leader on and off campus. Serving on various community boards and workforce development boards, Winkler connects people and makes the most of every opportunity.
“More than simply a leader in adult education, Janet serves as a vital member of our institutional leadership team,” says Clayton State President Dr. Thomas Hynes. “She is creative in her strategies for developing learning opportunities. She is entrepreneurial in identifying opportunities for learning. Moreover, she is entrepreneurial in seeking partners both on and off campus who can provide exceptional intellectual capital to those same learning opportunities.”
During her 13 years at Clayton State, Winkler has served on the Fulton County Workforce Investment Board and won an award for Outstanding Service. Currently, she serves on the ARC Workforce Board representing Higher Education, and she is a member of the Clayton and Fayette county chambers, the Atlanta Partnership for Education, and Netweavers International. Formerly, she served on the Education Committee for the North Fulton Chamber and the Georgia Entertainment Work Ready Region Commission.
"Janet Winkler is the consummate professional in all things, but in the arena of developing and directing continuing education programs she is unsurpassed,” says Clayton State Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Micheal Crafton. “I have worked with several continuing education professionals and she is quite simply the best.
“And that is why her staff has nominated her for the Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia!”
Winkler is the second Clayton State continuing education professional to win the GAEA Outstanding Adult Educator in Georgia award. Dr. Bryan Edwards, dean of Continuing Education and executive director of Community Outreach, was the 1999 recipient.