April 14, 2024
Georgia eSports Center is building technical skills and confidence in youth

“My Economy” tells the story of the new economic normal through the eyes of those who are trying to create it, because we know the only numbers that really matter are the ones in your economy.

The tech industry has a long-standing diversity problem. According to CompTIA’s State of the Tech Workforce report, only 8% of tech workers are Black. Typically, tech companies like Google and Amazon recruit more Black talent into the industry through investments in historically Black colleges and universities.

But Devin Jackson, owner of Alpha Esports & Technology in Suwanee, Georgia, is trying something different. Jackson is using eSports to introduce youth to the cybersecurity field and hone the skills needed for the tech field.

“I consider esports a cheat code,” Jackson said. “Once you get them to really see for themselves that they can actually do this, and use the things they already do like gaming and technology and things like that, Then half the battle is won.”

Click on the audio player above to hear his story.

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