Two Georgia colleges have announced a new initiative intended to help strengthen the cybersecurity workforce.

The partnership is between Augusta University (AU), a four-year college, and Augusta Technical College (ATC), a two-year college. The Cybersecurity to Information Technology Pathway program launched August 16 at the Georgia Cyber Center will allow students in ATC’s Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity program a pathway into AU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

“The need for cybersecurity professionals is only increasing across the state and nation. Cooperation between institutions of higher education is imperative as we prepare the students of today to become the workforce of tomorrow,” said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD. “We are grateful to Augusta Technical College for an ongoing and growing partnership with AU’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and the Georgia Cyber Center as we uphold Augusta’s reputation as the cyber capital of Georgia.”

Through this partnership, students can take advantage of course articulation, challenge exams, and program-specific academic advising at ATC, and special transfer events at AU, to prepare for completion of both degrees

“Augusta Technical College is honored to partner with Augusta University in delivering a seamless transfer pathway for students to complete both their associate and now bachelor’s degree at the Georgia Cyber Center,” said Jermaine Whirl, PhD, president of Augusta Technical College. “Students completing both their associate and bachelor’s degrees will be technically astute and research oriented to solve global problems in the everchanging world of cybersecurity,” he said.

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