The future is here: RCCC connects to artificial intelligence – Salisbury Post

The future is here: RCCC connects to artificial intelligence

Posted 12:01 am Thursday, November 17, 2022

SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College joins the ranks of schools participating in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Incubator Network, an initiative to design and build AI incubator labs across the United States.

“There is no question that the artificial intelligence job market is growing rapidly as demand for products using this technology increases,” said Rowan-Cabarrus Dean of Technical Programs Zackary Hubbard. “Creating a workforce of people with the technical skills to work in these roles will be critical as the field continues to expand.”

Hubbard indicated that many probably think of AI as a robotic device. However, AI is implemented in computers and machines designed to perform tasks that mimic the problem-solving and decision-making abilities of humans. Examples of everyday applications include:

  • Parking assistance functions in motor vehicles.
  • Digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa.
  • Products like the popular robot vacuum cleaners.

“AI in most cases is a form of computer programming,” Hubbard said. “Engineers design code to help with decision making. You see it in industry, healthcare, and manufacturing. It is the idea of ​​using these massive data sets to improve decision making in those companies. It could be that they can automate a certain area of ​​their production line or try to improve the quality of a product they are producing.”

For students, the incubator initiative will give them a real world experience.

“When a student goes through the case studies and activities, they leave us with real industry experience,” Hubbard said. “Students could get into a programmer or programmer analyst role. Instead of just understanding the basics, they will also have this perspective on AI.”

According to Hubbard, preparing students for that world requires a different perspective on instruction.

“Usually AI is something conceptual in nature, not a skill,” Hubbard said. “What this program is doing is trying to take the concept of AI and equip students with the skills they need to use it…it’s not a specific class, but it’s a complete makeover of computer programming and development.” .

The AI ​​Incubator Network was launched earlier this year by Intel, Dell Technologies and the American Community College Association to increase artificial intelligence instruction at community colleges and technical schools by equipping graduates with the skills necessary for the growing AI job market.

By joining the initiative, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will partner with member colleges who collaborate and share resources on educational pathways, economic development opportunities, student engagement, and AI best practices. Access to training and curriculum through the AI ​​Incubator Network allows Rowan-Cabarrus to incorporate AI instruction into his current computer programming track. The university’s information technology program includes computer programming, networking, cyber security, and business IT support.

“As the demand for an AI-ready workforce increases, we know it is important for us to be able to train our students for the next generation of jobs,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, Rowan Community President -Cabarrus. Colleague. “We are grateful to Intel, Dell, and the American Community College Association for access to great resources that allow us to incorporate AI instruction into our courses. Our goal is always to help our students develop critical skills for competitive job opportunities.”

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