Cyber Experience: University gives community glimpse into cyber world
It seems as though you can’t go anywhere in Augusta without hearing about cyber. But what is all this talk about “cyber?”
On March 2 from noon to 8 p.m., the University of Phoenix-Augusta hopes to give a glimpse into the cyber world with its Cyber Experience Day. The event, which is hosted at their main campus at 3150 Perimeter Parkway, will introduce cyber in a variety of ways, including hands-on workshops and virtual reality.
“This is going to be big. It’s going to be informative and it’s going to be engaging,” said campus director Norman Fountain.
The event will be a dialed-down version of the University of Phoenix Redflint Experience Center, which specializes in cyber education and hands-on training, as well as incubating new businesses. Fountain hopes to bring a similar cyber program to the Augusta campus to be a part of the cyber community.
“We at the University of Phoenix are in the [cyber] market as well,” Fountain said. “Augusta is growing, and it’s growing in the cyber world, and there’s more than enough room for everyone to have a niche in the cyber arena.”
Fountain has reached out to Unisys and various other organizations to get them involved with the Cyber Experience Day and extended invitations to local schools’ technology programs to catch the attention of potential cyber students. While there is not currently a cyber program at the Augusta campus, Fountain hopes to change that through this event.
The University of Phoenix-San Antonio has done very well with its cyber programs, according to Fountain. The city has a similar demographic to Augusta, with a strong military presence that focuses on cyber security.