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July 28, 2011
Gwinnett Tech Hosts the Georgia Entertainment Media Summer Game Academy
Camp offers 24 students a weeklong exploration into entrepreneurship and game development
The idea for the next great video game may be in development today at Gwinnett Tech! GTC is partnering with the Georgia Entertainment Media Work Ready Region (GEM) to host the GEM Summer Game Academy for high school students this week on campus at the Busbee Center.
The GEM Summer Game Academy is a weeklong day camp for high school students, which introduces entrepreneurial concepts for starting a gaming business. Through classroom exercises, field trips and guest speakers, the students will develop their own original business ideas, as well as valuable academic and life skills by creating games for flash, mobile technologies and apps.
The camp is for current Georgia high school students (at least 14 years of age) that are rising sophomore, juniors or seniors and runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 25 – 29. This year, more than 20 students are attending.
"The GEM Summer Game Academy is a great opportunity for students in the ninth grade or higher," said Dr. John Thacher, program director for game development at Gwinnett Tech. " Each student will be able to get a feel for the gaming industry while having fun, learning and actually doing the same things that professionals do every day."
Semantic Seed donated the advanced curriculum software to be use during the camp and for the students' use after camp. A full list of resources will be made available to students for further study after the camp.
The camp is funded by the Georgia Entertainment Media Work Ready Region, supporting the goal of providing and supporting a skilled workforce needed for the growing computer gaming industry in Georgia.
Gwinnett Tech offers associate degree, diploma and certificate options in game development.
GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. GTC is Gwinnett County's largest provider of corporate training and now serves residents and businesses in north Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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