Georgia Association of Colleges & Employers (GACE)

Connecting Colleges and Employers Since 1969


The mission of the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers is to provide a link between employers and career services officials, provide professional development, promote professional and ethical standards, and foster relationships among employers and career services professionals.


TO AID in the career selection and job search of students and alumni of post- secondary educational institutions within Georgia

and strengthen cooperative professional relationships between employers and schools

TO PROVIDE the exchange of information regarding career development and employment trends affecting students and alumni

TO INCREASE the availability and diversity of career and job search services to students and employers throughout the state by providing professional development opportunities

TO DEVELOP and strengthen student and alumni qualifications through the implementation and maintenance of quality experiential learning programs in cooperative education, internships and student employment

TO PROMOTE the highest ethical standards of individuals engaged in career development, job search services and recruitment


On July 21, 1967, Neil DeRosa, Director of Placement at Georgia Tech, sent a letter to the presidents of Georgia's universities, requesting that representatives be sent to a meeting to consider the formation of a state placement association. Thirty-five representatives attended the meeting, held August 11, 1967 at Georgia Tech. They unanimously endorsed the idea of forming an association whose purpose would be to strengthen the student placement services at each institution. On July 19, 1968, officers were elected and an appropriate name was selected for the association.

The founding group was active in the Careers in Georgia program sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. By 1971, Georgia College Placement Association formally adopted a constitution and bylaws and elected it first slate of officers. The association was viable enough to request and secure a meeting with Jimmy Carter, then Governor of Georgia, to solicit the support of the state institutions.

In June of 1996, the Association decided to change its name to the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers to reflect the name changes of the Southern and National Associations (Southern Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Association of Colleges and Employers).

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