Lanier Technical College launched its new game development program Wednesday with the help of Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
During the Oakwood Campus event, Collins challenged local high school and college students to a Madden ‘16 competition. With SACSCOC approval, this program will be taught in partnership with Hall County School’s early college program.
“Lanier Technical College’s new game development program will foster students’ excitement for critical subjects such as science, technology, and math, and will help prepare them for skilled creative tech sector jobs of the future,” said Erik Huey, senior vice president of government affairs for ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “We are thrilled to support this exciting program, and look forward to a tough competition.”
Collins competed against students via the new Twitch channel “GovGames.” Developed by ESA and unveiled during last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, GovGames allows government and elected officials to play video games live with their constituents. Rep. Will Hurd (R -TX), former CIA operations and tactical driver, and Logan Green, CEO of the popular ridesharing company Lyft, played Mario Kart as part of the inaugural event.
“I’ve seen how video games can spark interest in important STEM subjects, and seed curiosity and a high-tech aptitude that can lead to tomorrow’s innovations,” Collins said. “This industry is also growing right here in Georgia, and today’s event is a great way to show students that these good paying and creative jobs are available in their communities.”