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July 15, 2022

Ocean County College Awarded Grant for New Artificial Intelligence Lab

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TOMS RIVER – Ocean County College was awarded a $40,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges, Dell Technologies and Intel, as part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Incubator Network Initiative. The funds will go towards building an AI incubator that will provide greater access to AI computing power, tools and resources to foster the skills needed for future jobs.

15 colleges were selected to receive the grant based on criteria determined by AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel. Ocean County College is the only college in New Jersey to be selected.

Ocean County College President Dr. Jon H. Larson explained that as the demand for skilled AI workers continues to accelerate in New Jersey, AI incubators can be a solution that drives talent growth for the local labor market.

“We are pleased to work with AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel, and we are extremely grateful to be the recipient of this grant award,” said Dr. Larson. “The grant will provide an exceptional opportunity for Ocean County College to develop an AI laboratory that supports and enhances our AI degree and certificate programs, both on campus and in a HyFlex learning environment. It will also allow the College to expand our partnerships with industry leaders and leverage their expertise to provide exciting new opportunities for our students.”

Ocean County College partnered with Intel last year as part of the tech company’s expansion of its AI for Workforce Program, which provides AI content to community colleges in order to prepare current and future workers with key AI skills. In January 2022, AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel announced a joint commitment to grow the AI for Workforce program to 50 states by 2023.

“Today’s students will enter a technology workforce where every organization will focus in some capacity on applying AI to solving problems and creating value for organizations. Intel is excited to partner with the AACC and Dell Technologies to democratize AI technology and enable students to enter that workforce with AI experience,” said Carlos Contreras, Senior Director of AI and Digital Readiness at Intel.

In addition to receiving the grant, Ocean County College has also joined the AI Incubator Network to connect with community colleges across the nation on strategic economic development opportunities, participate in discussions about learning pathways, strategize on student engagement in AI programs, and gather best practices from each other and industry leaders.

“AI has become an increasingly important focus for community colleges as providers of workforce education for multiple industries,” said Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., President and CEO, AACC. “Working together with peers and across sectors will enhance the ability of our colleges to advance and scale this curriculum across the nation to ensure that students earn the skills needed to fill these jobs and begin meaningful careers.”

Adrienne Garber, Senior Strategist, Higher Education at Dell Technologies, congratulated Ocean County College and said she is looking forward to OCC’s contributions to the AI Incubator Network. “Dell Technologies is committed to transforming 1 billion lives by 2030. By providing learning content for in-demand technology skills and creating artificial intelligence labs for teaching and learning at community and technical colleges across the U.S., we are moving closer to achieving that goal,” said Garber. “With collaborators like Ocean County College, we are creating opportunities for underrepresented populations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the like to enter careers and fill job openings in much-needed technology fields.”

To learn more about Artificial Intelligence programs at Ocean County College, visit go.ocean.edu/AI.

About AACC

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for more than 10 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

American Association of Community Colleges

About Intel

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better. To learn more about Intel’s innovations, go to newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.© Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries.

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About Dell

Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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TOMS RIVER – Ocean County College was awarded a $40,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges, Dell Technologies and Intel, as part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Incubator Network Initiative. The funds will go towards building an AI incubator that will provide greater access to AI computing power, tools and resources to foster the skills needed for future jobs.

15 colleges were selected to receive the grant based on criteria determined by AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel. Ocean County College is the only college in New Jersey to be selected.

Ocean County College President Dr. Jon H. Larson explained that as the demand for skilled AI workers continues to accelerate in New Jersey, AI incubators can be a solution that drives talent growth for the local labor market.

“We are pleased to work with AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel, and we are extremely grateful to be the recipient of this grant award,” said Dr. Larson. “The grant will provide an exceptional opportunity for Ocean County College to develop an AI laboratory that supports and enhances our AI degree and certificate programs, both on campus and in a HyFlex learning environment. It will also allow the College to expand our partnerships with industry leaders and leverage their expertise to provide exciting new opportunities for our students.”

Ocean County College partnered with Intel last year as part of the tech company’s expansion of its AI for Workforce Program, which provides AI content to community colleges in order to prepare current and future workers with key AI skills. In January 2022, AACC, Dell Technologies and Intel announced a joint commitment to grow the AI for Workforce program to 50 states by 2023.

“Today’s students will enter a technology workforce where every organization will focus in some capacity on applying AI to solving problems and creating value for organizations. Intel is excited to partner with the AACC and Dell Technologies to democratize AI technology and enable students to enter that workforce with AI experience,” said Carlos Contreras, Senior Director of AI and Digital Readiness at Intel.

In addition to receiving the grant, Ocean County College has also joined the AI Incubator Network to connect with community colleges across the nation on strategic economic development opportunities, participate in discussions about learning pathways, strategize on student engagement in AI programs, and gather best practices from each other and industry leaders.

“AI has become an increasingly important focus for community colleges as providers of workforce education for multiple industries,” said Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., President and CEO, AACC. “Working together with peers and across sectors will enhance the ability of our colleges to advance and scale this curriculum across the nation to ensure that students earn the skills needed to fill these jobs and begin meaningful careers.”

Adrienne Garber, Senior Strategist, Higher Education at Dell Technologies, congratulated Ocean County College and said she is looking forward to OCC’s contributions to the AI Incubator Network. “Dell Technologies is committed to transforming 1 billion lives by 2030. By providing learning content for in-demand technology skills and creating artificial intelligence labs for teaching and learning at community and technical colleges across the U.S., we are moving closer to achieving that goal,” said Garber. “With collaborators like Ocean County College, we are creating opportunities for underrepresented populations in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and the like to enter careers and fill job openings in much-needed technology fields.”

To learn more about Artificial Intelligence programs at Ocean County College, visit go.ocean.edu/AI.

About AACC

American Association of Community Colleges

As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for more than 10 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.

About Intel

Intel logo

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better. To learn more about Intel’s innovations, go to newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.© Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries.

About Dell

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Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

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