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TCSG Announces Online Academy to Expand Cloud Computing Workforce; Columbus and Gwinnett Tech Chosen to Spearhead Initiative

Atlanta, GA – The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has announced an innovative program designed to prepare more Georgians with the modern technology skills necessary for careers utilizing cloud technologies. The Cloud Academy will address the state’s growing need for workers with cloud computing skills while developing a steady pipeline of talent for Georgia businesses.

“Georgia has quickly become a hub for tech companies looking to locate or expand,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “To match that exciting growth, our focus remains on cultivating a skilled pool of tech talent that stands ready to meet the needs of innovative businesses from Augusta to Atlanta to Columbus. Our workforce development initiatives have already garnered top rankings and national recognition, and the launch of The Cloud Academy represents an exciting next step in building a workforce that will remain competitive in the 21st century economy.”

The Cloud Academy will provide students with programs designed to efficiently prepare them for a variety of careers in the field of cloud computing. Additionally, the colleges will provide cloud computing specialization training for incumbent workers, allowing for rapid delivery and customization to a specific business or industry’s needs.

The first phase of The Cloud Academy began on February 3 and will consist of instructor training. The Academy will officially roll out in the spring of 2020 at Gwinnett Technical College and Columbus Technical College.

“Columbus Tech is proud to be piloting the Cloud Academy, ” said Columbus Technical College President Martha Ann Todd.  “Having a cloud computing certification is a huge advantage in today’s technologically-driven workplace. This initiative corresponds perfectly with the mission of Columbus Tech to provide our students with every opportunity to succeed and advance in their careers.”

“The use of cloud-based technologies is growing rapidly in Georgia, which means there is greater demand for a workforce skilled in this area,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier. “We are excited to launch the Cloud Academy because it will provide students and existing information technology workers with the most up-to-date training available to ensure success in this growing field.”

Students who earn a credential will be prepared for a variety of careers in the field of cloud computing, including Cloud Support Associate, Network Technician, Systems Analyst, Technical Sales Executive, Web Development Engineer, Applications Developer, Cloud Support Engineer, and Network Design Analyst.