Technical College System of Georgia Selected as Workforce Partner for Three National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engine Grants in Georgia

Staff Report

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) is proud to announce its selection as the workforce partner for three U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Innovation Engine grants in Georgia. These grants represent significant milestones in advancing cutting-edge research and innovation in key sectors, and TCSG is honored to be at the forefront of these transformative initiatives.

"These NSF Regional Innovation Engine grants underscore the Technical College System of Georgia's commitment to driving innovation and economic growth within the state," said TCSG Commissioner, Greg Dozier. "As the chosen workforce partner for these transformative projects, we are excited to play a vital role in shaping the future of agriculture, healthcare, and cybersecurity. TCSG's extensive network of colleges is uniquely positioned to deliver industry-relevant training and prepare a skilled workforce that will contribute to the success of these initiatives."

The first grant, awarded to support the Next Generation Agriculture project, marks a groundbreaking collaboration under the academic leadership of the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University. This joint effort aims to propel Georgia farmers towards the "Ag 4.0" revolution. By leveraging the latest advancements in technology and data analytics, the project seeks to revolutionize agricultural practices and equip farmers with the tools they need to thrive in the modern era. By leveraging its extensive network of technical colleges and industry connections, TCSG will provide targeted workforce training and support services tailored to the specific needs of farmers in the region. Through this collaboration, TCSG will contribute to the overall success of NextGA by equipping farmers with the skills and knowledge required to thrive in the evolving landscape of agriculture.

The second grant, titled Advancing Health Equity and Diagnostic Technologies (GA) Development,will focus on creating an innovative ecosystem to advance health equity throughout the southeast. This project, which includes Georgia Tech, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Georgia, and the Center for Global Health Innovation, aims to bridge the gap in healthcare accessibility. TCSG's role as the workforce partner will be instrumental in training a skilled healthcare workforce equipped to leverage these innovative technologies for the betterment of the region's population.

The third grant, titled Advancing Cybersecurity Technologies in the Central Savannah River Area,solidifies Augusta Technical College's position as the workforce partner. This initiative, being led by Augusta University, recognizes the critical need to bolster cybersecurity measures in an increasingly digitized world. Augusta Technical College will spearhead efforts to develop and implement cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions. The college's expertise and dedication to producing highly skilled cybersecurity professionals will be pivotal in fortifying the region's defenses against cyber threats.

Through its involvement as the workforce partner, TCSG will leverage its vast resources and expertise to support these initiatives, ensuring the availability of a highly skilled workforce that meets the evolving demands of each sector. By aligning education with industry needs, TCSG will help drive economic development, innovation, and job creation across Georgia.

To learn more about the NSF Engines Development Awards, visit their website here.

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