(TNS) — Augusta University and Augusta Technical Higher education now have a formal arrangement for students in cybersecurity and info engineering to transfer credits from one particular to the other. Officers reported this is just the start off of a lot more these types of preparations concerning them and could make a pipeline that extends back again to elementary colleges.
The arrangement was declared at the Georgia Cyber Heart, the place each AU and Augusta Tech have cyber applications. The new articulation agreement would allow pupils to transfer and “literally remain in the same developing (but) shift up a few floors,” claimed Dr. Jermaine Whirl, Augusta Tech’s president. The building is the only one particular in Ga with a complex higher education and a College Technique of Ga school co-located in it, mentioned AU President Brooks Keel.
Some college students now attained the two-12 months associate degree in cyber or IT at Augusta Tech and then went on to a bachelor’s diploma at AU, with some transfer of credits, said Tammy O’Brien, dean of the School of Cyber and Electronic Media at Augusta Tech. This formal arrangement permits Augusta Tech students to appear to AU and take a “challenge test,” most likely earning total credit history for their coursework, claimed Dr. Alexander Schwarzmann, dean of the AU School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.
The curriculums are presently fairly related, O’Brien claimed.
“There’s a significant overlap” concerning the courses, Schwarmann agreed.
Learners could pursue a much more superior diploma and even more their occupations once they enter the industry, O’Brien stated.
“The prospects are infinite,” she claimed.
It would also allow for a lot more nontraditional students at Augusta Tech an much easier path to AU, wherever they are often extra prosperous than those coming ideal out of significant university, Schwarzmann mentioned.
“They’re a lot more goal-oriented,” he stated. “They know what they want.”
The cyber settlement could be just the very first for the universities, Keels aid.
“We see this as a stimulus for a whole great deal a lot more,” he mentioned.
Augusta Tech is seeking at possible agreements with a lot of of the colleges at AU, Whirl explained. It also opens the possibility for a scholar to keep in Augusta from high faculty to a doctoral degree at AU, Schwarzmann said.
But it goes past that, to college students in elementary, middle and higher schools in Augusta and in Columbia County who could see a pipeline in cyber that would lead them via the educational facilities and into careers, Whirl reported.
“It’s seriously about maintaining our talent regional,” he mentioned. “If we do this very well, we’ll have the workforce we need for the subsequent decade.”
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