Georgia Tech unveils new bootcamp program in Peachtree Corners

Georgia Tech president G.P. "Bud" Peterson (left) and Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason (right) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thu., Aug. 2, 2018 to unveil a bootcamp program that will begin in the city in January 2019. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM
Georgia Tech president G.P. "Bud" Peterson (left) and Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason (right) at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thu., Aug. 2, 2018 to unveil a bootcamp program that will begin in the city in January 2019. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM

Georgia Tech announced last week it will start a program in Gwinnett County in January where students can earn a certificate in various skills that workers hope will result in higher-paying careers that local officials believe will boost the region’s economy.

Tech’s president, G.P. “Bud” Peterson announced the coding bootcamp program, which will be done in Peachtree Corners. Similar bootcamps are currently done in Atlanta and Savannah.

The bootcamps have encompassed in-demand skills like coding, web development, cyber and network security.

Peterson said such programs are vital to Tech’s academic mission as more students pursue careers where such skills are necessary, with many of them desiring to start up their own companies.

The bootcamp will be at Prototype Prime, a business incubator that focuses on early-stage software and hardware technology start-ups. Prototype Prime is financed by the city of Peachtree Corners and Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center.

Classes are scheduled to start on Jan. 28.