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LaunchCode, Cortex Launch Geospatial Training Program for Veterans

The Cortex Innovation Community and tech nonprofit LaunchCode are partnering to train veterans for careers in the geospatial industry.

The pilot program will teach technical skills to veterans with high-level security clearance and match them with companies. The goal, officials said, is to grow the talent pool with security clearance — which can take up to three years to obtain — and help veterans transition to civilian life.

Geospatial analysis and cybersecurity are emerging sectors in Missouri, with solid foundations due to the presence of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and their thousands of employees. NGA broke ground on its new western regional headquarters in north St. Louis, Missouri, in 2016. Scheduled to open in 2025, NGA West represents a $1.7 billion investment.

Additionally, the new Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center has launched at T-REX in downtown St. Louis, just two miles from NGA, and NGA has engaged with St. Louis’ LaunchCode to establish coding apprenticeships for talented individuals who lack the traditional IT credentials.

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