ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana – LSUA Chancellor Paul Coreil announced the development of a new Technology Innovation Center that will provide hands-on cybersecurity training designed to equip graduates entering the Central Louisiana workforce with specialized and in-demand technological skills.
The State of Louisiana, with support from the Central Louisiana Legislative Delegation, provided seed funding for the “Technovation Center” project with a $561,000 Louisiana Economic Development Award supporting workforce development working in the state’s growing technology sector.
“We are committed to growing and diversifying our economy by giving Louisianans the skills they need to get well-paying jobs,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “LSUA and our other institutions of higher education are a talent pool for Louisiana’s growing cybersecurity industry, and I want to encourage Louisianans to take advantage of these workforce training opportunities. work.”
Cybersecurity is an important part of the “Scholarship First” program developed and implemented by LSU System President Dr. William F. Tate IV. The LSUA has adopted this priority to meet the critical labor demands of the digital economy. A primary focus of the center will be a new cybersecurity lab environment providing real-time threat mitigation training, preparing graduates for full-time internships at leading information security companies. In the region.
“State support and this important LED program will greatly enhance our ability to further develop much-needed cybersecurity and advanced technology training in the central region,” Dr. Coreil said. “Our goal is to provide the business community with well-educated cybersecurity graduates ready to meet the labor demands that continue to grow in the region.”
Additional academic programs supported by the Technovation Center will include:
- Computing – training in systems and networks, design and management of databases, software engineering and bioinformatics.
- Professional aviation – prepare students for certification as commercial pilots, to address the country’s critical pilot shortage which directly impacts Alexandria Airport.
- unmanned aircraft – prepare students for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilot certification, which will support economic development in various sectors, including agriculture, forestry, insurance and law enforcement.
The LSUA also plans to use the Technovation Center for after-school programs and events for education, business and government collaborators. Programming will include drone (unmanned aircraft) training and competitions in an on-campus drone park, robotics competitions, and access to the Cybersecurity Range and Digital Communications Lab.
LSUA develops the Technovation Center and supports its other innovation initiatives through industry partnerships, including Ingalls Information Security for cybersecurity; the Rapides Parish School Board for robotics; the US Department of Defense for the STARBASE program at Fort Polk; Louisiana State Police and LSU AgCenter – Dean Lee Research & Extension Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; RoyOMartin for accounting and data analysis; and England Airpark for aviation management.
“Keeping abreast of technological advancements is critical to Louisiana’s success,” said Sen. Glen Womack, who has been instrumental in raising legislative awareness and support for the center. “Through financial investment from the state and leadership from Louisiana Economic Development, LSUA’s Technology Innovation Center will position Central Louisiana as a leader in training our workforce to cybersecurity and other innovative technologies.”
“We appreciate the leadership of LED Secretary Don Pierson and his understanding of the need for innovation and this commitment to training the cybersecurity workforce in the Central Region,” Coreil added. “LSUA looks forward to continuing our LED partnership, which also benefits our students and Louisiana businesses that face ever-evolving cyber threats.”
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