Cybersecurity Training Grant Scores Big

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 @ 08:07 PM gHale

Security jobs are gaining momentum as the Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY, will receive a $2.8 million Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to implement the Upstate New York Cybersecurity Training Initiative.
The grant will kick off a curriculum that should provide training for 2,090 people through a partnership with five colleges and local adult education providers, according to Congressman Michael Arcuri.
Thirty employers in the health care, financial information technology and manufacturing sectors who need cybersecurity professionals are partners in this project.
In May, Arcuri sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis supporting Mohawk Valley Community College’s application for funding as part of $125 million allocated through the Labor Department’s Community-Based Job Training Grant.
“With so many businesses and government agencies in Oneida County specializing in cybersecurity, there is a pressing need to prepare the local workforce with the training necessary for employment in this emerging industry,” said Arcuri. “The project has assembled a broad regional partnership to help workers at all levels either advance their careers or start new careers. Through this training project, our region will have a skilled, trained workforce that can help attract more employers and more opportunities. Cyber security is more than financial and national security for our region; it’s also about jobs and economic development.”
“Cybersecurity is a sector with almost unlimited potential for our region, and we worked with a broad spectrum of partners to develop a project that would meet the needs of our employers and also help workers who have been affected by economic transitions make the change to a new career,” said MVCC President Randall Van Wagoner
The project will develop:
A Fast Lane to Cybersecurity Program to give dislocated workers, adults and disconnected youth the basic skills employers need so they can enter cybersecurity careers and move up existing and emerging career ladders;
A Cyber Basics Program for adults who need updated math, science and technology training. This program connects trainees with IT positions, where they can find jobs and develop skills that lead to cybersecurity jobs;
A Sectoral Skills Development Program to help workers in manufacturing, finance and other sectors shift career areas into the growth field of cybersecurity, using key short courses and their sectoral experience to move ahead; and,
High-Skills Training to move existing entry-level workers into better-paying jobs by creating training scholarships that make it possible to afford needed training.

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