Life Sciences

In partnership with University of North Georgia, Lanier Technical College, and Northeast Georgia Health Systems, Lumpkin County provides the innovative talent to harness the growth of various sectors of life science including health information technology, research & development, and medical manufacturing. The region’s demographics provide the life sciences industry with a young workforce and a growth market of those needing healthcare services in the same region.

With the announcement of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) – Lumpkin campus to be opened in 2022, the healthcare sector of Lumpkin County is expected to grow. NGMC-Lumpkin will become the fourth campus of Northeast Georgia Health System. As this sector continues to grow, the Development Authority of Lumpkin County will facilitate collaboration among private companies, regional higher educational institutions, and service providers.

“I’ve driven and supported efforts to establish a new hospital in Lumpkin County and expand the University of North Georgia’s healthcare programs on the Dahlonega campus, in large part because of the role healthcare plays in today’s economics. We’ve all seen the growth and prosperity a new hospital and associated development can bring, and we look forward to working along NGHS to build a better future for Dahlonega-Lumpkin County and the region.”

Senator Steve Gooch, a Dahlonega resident & Georgia State Senator for 51st District

Workforce Development

Located in the health of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County, the University of North Georgia (UNG) College of Health Sciences & Professions offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees programs in Counseling, Interdisciplinary Healthcare, Nursing, and Physical Therapy. The programs address the current and evolving needs of our region, community stakeholders, and healthcare partners. 

UNG is designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). UNG’s Center for Cyber Operations prepares students for military and civilian careers in cybersecurity, cyber operations, and cyber defense. Upon graduation, students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity are able to conceptualize, design, and build secure information technology (IT) systems; identify, analyze, and mitigate threats to IT systems and networks; perform highly specialized review and evaluation of incoming cybersecurity information; and investigate and recover cybersecurity incidents. 

Lanier Tech offers 155 programs of study including 31 associate degree programs, 38 diploma programs, and 86 technical certificate of credit programs.

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