Ken Surdin
Professor of the Practice

Excel at Georgia Tech ( was initiated as a four year postsecondary education program for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) leading to two separate certificates. The first is a Certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration, and the second is a Certificate in Social Growth, Leadership and Career Development. The Excel program provides a structured and supportive postsecondary educational opportunity and addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social growth, independent living, and career development. Upon completing the program, students will be better prepared to lead higher quality lives. Graduates of the certificate program will have learned work readiness, employability, and social skills, and will receive work experience through internships.