Florida State University Panama City secures $ 11.5 million for training center

PANAMA CITY – The Board of Trustees of Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., has approved an $ 11.5 million grant to provide partial funding to Florida State University’s Advancing Science and Career Education in New Technologies (ASCENT) project Panama City at a meeting held in Crestview on Monday.

According to a press release from FSU Panama City, the ASCENT project will be funded over a six-year period and is designed to meet the workforce needs of Northwest Florida through educational opportunities. and training, with an emphasis on cybersecurity. The grant is expected to result in at least 3,280 industry-recognized certifications and credentials, including career and vocational certificates identified by the Florida Department of Education, for area students, according to the communicated.

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Dr. Randy Hanna is the Dean of FSU Panama City.

Triumph is overseeing the 2010 Gulf oil spill settlement money for use to help generate economic development.

“We are delighted to partner with Triumph Gulf Coast to develop our regional workforce,” said Dr. Randy Hanna, Dean of FSU Panama City. “Having professionals capable of meeting the demand for emerging technologies is an advantage for our community, our region and our state. The State of Florida looks forward to working with Triumph to develop a comprehensive approach to address these critical needs in Northwest Florida. “

The FSU College of Communication and Information, the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will participate in the project. Larry Dennis, professor at FSU iSchool and former dean of FSU’s College of Communication and Information, will play a leading role in the implementation of the project, the statement said.

“The ASCENT project will include training opportunities for high school and post-secondary students and teachers in addition to training the regional workforce,” said Dennis. “Such continuing education is needed to build capacity in rapidly growing and evolving areas, such as cybersecurity. “

Dr Larry Dennis is an FSU iSchool Professor.

The project aims to increase interest in emerging technologies among young people in the region by providing support to career academies and summer camp programs through K-12 partnerships.

An interdisciplinary cybersecurity center will be established to support a planned computer science degree for the FSU PC campus. It will be equipped with a modern cyber lab used to simulate and defend against cyber attacks. The Office for Professional Engagement and Learning (OPEL) will be established on the FSU PC campus to deliver customized training to meet the needs of local industries and the military by equipping non-graduate students into the workforce, according to the communicated.

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