University System of Georgia Rolls Out FinTech Academy to Meet Talent Demand in Tech Sector – Art Recesso, Chief Innovation Officer

The ASBN team was recently on-location at the 2019 Fintech South Conference with Art Recesso, Chief Innovation Officer at Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia eCampus, who discussed the new Georgia FinTech Academy.

FinTech is incredibly important to Georgia’s economic development, but over the past few years, TAG (Technology Association of Georgia) has identified a serious demand for talented employees in the sector. They enlisted the help of the University System of Georgia, who conducted a talent demand analysis which revealed a need for 5,000 FinTech ready professionals.

Through their partnership with TAG, FinTech Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the University System managed to break down the talent demand into five key domain areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Software Development
  • Client Services
  • Innovation and Product Development
  • Data Science

This analysis eventually led to the creation of the Georgia FinTech Academy. This talent development pipeline officially launched last September with 500 students enrolled. Art says they are expected to scale up to 1,500 students next spring and expand to 15 additional institutions. Currently, the program is housed at Georgia State University. This FinTech network is accessible to everyone in the state and surely will help close the recruitment gap.

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