Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech (The Academy)

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The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech (The Academy) advises and trains government procurement officials and private industry personnel who are pursuing government contract opportunities. The Academy teaches small business liaisons and government contracting officers the appropriate methodology for increasing small-business contracting and subcontracting. Through professional consulting and education (both open enrollment and onsite training), The Academy delivers best practices in government acquisition and strategic sourcing. As a Defense Acquisition University equivalency provider, The Academy’s course work satisfies both the FAC-C and DAWIA certification programs. The Academy helps private entities of all sizes that are engaged in government contracting:

  • Discover business growth opportunities in the government sector.
  • Develop bid proposals that surpass the competition.
  • Gain insight on ways to get small business subcontracting plans approved.
  • Understand how to become an important member of the acquisition team.
  • Network with, and learn alongside, government contracting officials to gain a better understanding of the process, roles, and responsibilities of government contracting.

The Academy also helps government contracting officials at the federal, state, and local level:

  • Satisfy and maintain FAC-C and DAWIA professional certification programs.
  • Make effective use of applicable procurement laws, rules, and regulations to further the mission of their agencies.
  • Learn how to complete a market research report.
  • Finalize an acquisition plan incorporating small-business goals.
  • Develop a bid or proposal package, evaluate proposals and award contracts, monitor contractor performance, apply remedies, make proper contract payments, modify contracts, exercise options, and complete the contract closeout process.

The Academy Difference

The Academy was created as a result of Georgia Tech’s extensive experience in and knowledge of government contracting, particularly the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC), a 25-year-old, top-ranked procurement assistance program. Offering a unique approach to traditional procurement training, The Academy was founded in 2011 as a way to educate government and company officials in a side-by-side environment to ensure an overall understanding of the entire procurement process from both perspectives.

Academy Economic Impact

In 2011, its first complete year, The Academy provided professional education to more than 50 individuals within 14 government agencies and several prominent corporations.

The Contracting Education Academy is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, which helps enterprises improve their competitiveness to significantly impact the economy. The Academy is recognized by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as an official equivalency provider of DAU course work.

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