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Georgia Cyber Center To Open Doors In July With An Eye On Workforce Development

Augusta Technical College will soon have a new home—as will Augusta University and some private sector companies—as the Georgia Cyber Center will open its doors July 10th, ushering in both a culmination and the beginning of something big.

While the July 10th opening could best be described as “soft,” Augusta Tech President Terry Elam told a touring group that he expects 45 different classes to be taught at the facility beginning in January.

Per the Augusta Chronicle, “Elam is expecting to grow to over 600 students annually from about 425 right now.”

The need for cyber security professionals in the private sector and in government has become obvious, and Augusta Tech is doing its part to train that future workforce. Click here to see which cyber security programs are offered by Augusta Tech at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Sarah Rees is the director of the cyber workforce academy for the Georgia Cyber Center. She told the Chronicle the collaborative nature of the Center would lead to a stronger cyber security situation in the U.S.

“I think that something that’s incredibly unique and dynamic about this space is the ability to get private public and academic people working together in that level playing field because I think if we baseline our cyber security skill sets we’re going to be better prepared in a defensive posture,” Rees said.

Augusta Tech isn’t just about training the future cyber security defenders of America. It’s also investing in partnerships with for continuing education with coding boot camps.

Whether you want to enter cyber security straight out of high school, want to change career paths, or want to add to your skill set with a coding boot camp, the Georgia Cyber Center and Augusta Tech can help.

Parrish Walton

Parrish Walton is a communications specialist with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). He is the primary author of the Georgia@Work blog, which aims to educate Georgia citizens on all of the great things done by the Workforce Division within GDEcD. Parrish is a proud product of the public school system of... more