EPCC and Intel to Help Next-Gen Graduates Through AI Program

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Through a recently announced Intel program expansion, El Paso Community College (EPCC) will participate in the latest expansion of the Intel AI for Workforce program.

Officials share that the program is designed to help educate the next generation of American technologists, engineers and inventors and to help them land careers in fields of their choice, ranging from healthcare to nursing. going through business.

“Like community colleges across the country, EPCC will play an important role in helping students upskill and retrain for the jobs of the future,” said Dr. Myshie Pagel, Dean of Education. professional and technical at the Valle Verde campus. “This Intel AI for Workforce program will prepare EPCC students for careers in the fast-growing fields of high tech, healthcare, automotive, industrial and aerospace. “

To support the program’s expansion across the United States, Intel is working with Dell Technologies to provide technical and infrastructure expertise. Students who complete the program, which now includes the EPCC, will receive enhanced training and curriculum in artificial intelligence (AI).

Officials add that this program is especially beneficial for community colleges and their students, as they are essential in training the workforce and have strong partnerships with local and regional employers.

“AI is one of the superpowers that fuels innovation, economic growth, job creation and progress in all aspects of society. The next generation workforce will need skills and training in AI to develop solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, and community colleges play a huge role in unleashing innovative thinking. Community college is where I developed my passion for technology and launched the career path that ultimately led to my dream job as CEO of Intel,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel.

The AI ​​for Workforce program will provide students and faculty with access to industry-focused materials that will expand the college’s ability to launch new programs such as associate degrees or certificates of completion in data science/ artificial intelligence.

Data science and analytics is an extension of computer science that spans a wide range of emerging computing fields including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and software development. Knowledge and training in these areas will be essential computing tasks for the next decade.

“This opportunity will allow the EPCC to recognize the tools, program and approaches to solving the existing challenges facing our region,” said EPCC Computer Science Professor Dr. Christian Servin.

This program will support a variety of students in engineering, business, and computer science-related fields. Students from other disciplines may also find great value in participating, including the fields of business and entrepreneurship, behavioral and psychological sciences, manufacturing, automotive and other careers, as well as education programs. ‘Technical education.

According to Intel, community colleges like EPCC offer the opportunity to democratize AI technology because they attract a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds and skills. The expansion of the program will provide access and opportunities to a broad group of students in these fields, including those from underrepresented and underserved communities, and provide the technology skills needed for the job market.

“Intel is a strong partner that will help us establish an innovative curriculum for our students,” said Servin. “Working with them on this program will help EPCC students develop in-demand technical skills, an entrepreneurial spirit that will prepare them for future career success.”

According to the same survey, AI skills were rated as the second most in-demand skill behind cybersecurity. Additionally, 50% of community college educators predict that AI and machine learning (AI/ML) are the areas of study that are expected to increase in demand the most over the next three years.

At four-year institutions, 64% of educators anticipate the greatest increase in interest will be in AI/ML studies, followed by cybersecurity.

Additionally, 69% of respondents felt employer demand for technical AI skills was increasing, with 73% expecting AI literacy skills to become more in demand by employers.

Students will learn traditional skills, such as data collection, AI model training, and coding, and explore the societal impact of AI technology. Additionally, students will develop a social impact of the AI ​​project, working closely with Intel teachers and mentors.

Initiatives such as the AI ​​for Workforce program are essential as the country faces record unemployment rates, retraining Americans for future employment opportunities is more important than ever. In a 2021 Dell and Intel co-branded survey, AI and machine learning were the most expected fields of study to increase in demand over the next three years.

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For a full list of partner institutions implementing AI for the workforce, visit this website

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