Laurel Ridge announces robotics and automation opportunities

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 Laurel Ridge Community College announced new opportunities for students to study robotics and automation at the Fauquier Campus.

The Go Virginia-funded Robotics & Technology Academy will open to students and adults in the region this upcoming spring and offer career studies certificates in the field.

High school students in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties will have the opportunity to enroll in the academy with transportation provided to and from Laurel Ridge.

The 16 credit program introduces students to robotics and automation systems that use Industry 4.0 technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics and other cyber-physical systems.

This new field of study will join the Drone Academy to form Laurel Ridge’s Technology Academy.

The two certificates can combine with four general studies classes to earn an associate degree.

In Virginia, the average robotics technician’s annual salary is roughly $55,000.

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Cybersecurity company invests in Loudoun County headquarters, creating new jobs

Fortreum LLC, a Virginia-founded cloud computing and cybersecurity advisory company, will invest $125,000 to establish a headquarters in Loudoun County according to an announcement from the Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin.

53 new jobs will be created by the project which is supported through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

The program provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in the state to support recruitment and training.

Fortreum CEO James Leach said “Loudoun County was our first choice because of the strong technology ecosystem and a diverse cybersecurity workforce within the Northern Virginia Technology Hub, as well as the collaborative relationship we’ve enjoyed with the state county and respective universities.”

To view the full press release, click here.

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