Lehman College of the City University of New York and EON Reality Inc., the world leader in Virtual Reality based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment today announced the establishment of a Virtual and Augment Reality Training Academy and Development Lab as part of the College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This academy will support the training of new Virtual and Augmented Reality professionals as well as support the development of VR and AR applications that will assist in teaching Lehman’s students. The new program will be housed at the College’s satellite campus, CUNY on the Concourse.
An example of technical training using EON Reality’s VR and AR knowledge transfer platform. An example of technical training using EON Reality’s VR and AR knowledge transfer platform.
The VR/AR academy and lab is scheduled to open in March 2017 and is now accepting applications from CUNY students and New York City residents. For more information, please visit: http://lehman.edu/vr/ and www.eonreality.com.
As industries continue to be disrupted by technological advances, new fields are emerging and workers will need retraining to find a new trade. The Virtual and Augmented Reality field is quickly growing and will require an infusion of talent to meet the market’s demands, which some project to be around $150 billion by 2020. The VR/AR academy and lab, a first in the area, also serves to exemplify the resurgence underway in the Bronx. EON Reality’s seventeen years of experience in using Virtual Reality for training and education will empower Lehman to create VR learning modules to help train workers for other industries.
“This vital partnership with EON Reality, is but one example of how Lehman is cementing its place as the most important, mission-critical senior college of The City University of New York,” said José Luis Cruz, President of Lehman College. “This effort will provide our students with invaluable, state-of-the-art experiential training—positioning them well for the opportunities of the burgeoning VR/AR industry.”
“Lehman College is a perfect partner for EON Reality,” said Dan Lejerskar, Chairman of EON Reality. “New York City is a place where our unique combination of training and education can make a difference in people’s lives, especially when combined with Lehman College’s expertise. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality lets people learn by doing. This speeds up the entire learning process, improves retention, and helps learners make the right decisions in stressful situations. This technology is perfect for Lehman’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, situated in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.”
The first phase of the IDC is a Virtual and Augmented Reality academy and lab, which will train future VR and AR professionals. Students will engage in an eleven-month program that involves three months of classroom training followed by eight months of project-based learning that includes project work done for real customers. Additionally, the facility will include an Icube Mobile, a four-wall immersive Virtual Reality room that will enable the students to experience and test their creations.
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