Grant to Advance Virtual Reality Equipment and Training at Albright College

Albright College Game and simulation development received a Create with VR grant from Unity and Meta Immersive Learning. Meta partners with Unity to help educational institutions and nonprofits bring their visions of immersive and collaborative learning experiences to technology underserved learners.

“The grant awarded 15 virtual reality (VR) headsets for use in our Game and Simulation Development major, as well as a comprehensive program to train faculty members in VR development,” Mike explained. D’Errico, Ph.D. D’Errico is chairman of Albright’s music department, as well as director of music technology and Composition and Assistant Professor of Music and computing.

The new Meta Quest 2 VR headsets will be used to deliver immersive education on a range of topics and to train students to become the creators of the growing and well-paying virtual reality industry. Additionally, Albright faculty will have access to cutting-edge virtual reality professional development opportunities.

The demand for workers with VR skills is growing rapidly in gaming, education, healthcare, automotive, architecture, engineering, and more. A PwC report on the economic impact of the industry estimates that, by 2030, 23 million jobs will be enhanced worldwide through augmented and virtual reality. Salaries in the industry are also very promising, averaging $158,000 per year, according to Hired’s 2022 report on the State of Software Engineers. The Create with VR grant will equip Albright faculty with new technologies and skills to launch students on this exciting career path.

Unity is the world’s leading platform for real-time 3D content creation and exploitation. Creators ranging from game developers to artists, architects, automotive designers, filmmakers and more use Unity to bring their imaginations to life. The Unity Platform provides a comprehensive set of software solutions to create, run, and monetize real-time interactive 2D and 3D content for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, consoles, and augmented and virtual reality devices. Meta is investing $150 million to help develop the next generation of metaverse creators, fund high-quality, immersive experiences that transform the way we learn, and increase access to learning through technology.

Named one of the best national colleges by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Albright College (founded in 1856) is home to a diverse community of learners who cultivate integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. Through learning experiences that engage a student’s creative and innovative abilities across all disciplines, both inside and outside the classroom, an education at Albright College ensures that every student learns to engage with the world, to understand the world and is ready to make an impact in a rapidly changing world. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright serves undergraduates, adult learners, and graduate students.

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