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New courses at Augusta Tech can help diversify local skillsets

Skills continue to grow in the area as Augusta Technical College plans to launch three diverse programs at the start of this Spring 2024 semester.

The Cyber Crime Specialist, Junior Web Developer, and Specialty Printing classes are technical certificate credit (TCC) programs.

“It meets more of a specific need,” explained Dr. Tammy O’Brien, Dean of the School of Cyber and Design Media. “This is a great way for students to begin at one point, and then advance further into the degrees that we offer, that these three TCCs are actually embedded in.”

The Cyber Crime Specialist program focuses more on the forensic side of cybersecurity, rather than other disciplines like coding and programming. Students learn how to examine the use of computers, the commission of crimes, and how to collect and analyze digital evidence.

O’Brien said this course that provides training in computer forensics and cybercrime is particularly helpful for students pursuing a career in criminal justice.

“Because these criminal justice students already have a background in the criminal justice area. Here, they’re going to advance into the computer resources training that they’ve had. Looking at basic forensic investigation techniques, and then applying that to the laws of search and seizure and seizure trials, rules of evidence, those types of things of court proceedings.”

The training can lead to a career with an in-demand and growing field where the average entry-level starting salary ranges from $31,000 to $53,000.

The Junior Web Developer and Specialty Printing courses help students interested in careers in design-based industries.

O’Brien said the Junior Web Developer is now in the first semester of the computer programming degree.

“It’s very short,” she added. “So, this is a great place for students to test the waters and learn how to do some entry-level computer programming and lean toward maybe some web developing or developing web applications for businesses. It’s with the hopes that they enjoy this, and they’ll continue on with the degree itself.”

The demand for web developers is projected to grow by 23% between now and 2031. Positions have a potential wage of just under $38.00 an hour.

The Specialty Printing TCC introduces students to innovate and create in a thriving industry. The course will train students to work for jobs with a company or to launch out as entrepreneurs.

“The students will learn the basic occupational courses, and then they’re going to be able to get into some actual garment decoration, such as in printing, screen print, and embroidery,” O’Brien said. “We bought a beautiful new embroidery machine, just for this particular textile printing course.”

The average salary for an employee in an embroidery shop can reach more than $90,000.

“We are pleased to offer these new programs in response to industry needs in our service area,” said college Provost, Dr. Melissa Frank-Alston. “I thank our program advisory boards, academic deans, and college curriculum committee for their efforts in developing these three new programs.”

Registration for the Spring 2024 semester is underway at

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