AU and Augusta Tech join forces on information technology program


AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW / WAGT) – The University of Augusta and Augusta Technical College are teaming up to offer a new program offering a path to a degree in information technology.

The program allows students in Augusta Tech’s Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity program to move on to AU to earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree.

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

Leaders from both institutions helped launch the new program.

Cyber ​​students from both schools take classes at the Georgia Cyber ​​Center. As part of the collaborative ecosystem, an on-site internship coordinator works with students to help them secure internship opportunities with industry partners.

AU launches visual storytelling program

Starting in fall 2022, Augusta University will begin offering a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in digital and visual storytelling.

Dr Wesley Kisting, Associate Dean of the UA Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, announced that the Georgia University System Board of Regents officially approved the new program on August 10.

Kisting explained that this particular BFA in Film and Digital Storytelling is different from many other programs across the country.

“It is not a traditional film or theater degree as many people might think from watching the program, which includes many film and theater components,” Kisting said. “It also incorporates courses in anthropology, creative writing and communication. So it’s designed as an interdisciplinary program that really caters to students who are now growing up in what’s called the designer economy.

The creator economy is a business model in which content creators build up a lot of followers through social media and can directly earn money from their audience, Kisting said.

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