MD Grant Gives Boost to Security Careers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 12:12 PM gHale

With an estimated 210,000 available jobs, career opportunities abound in cyber security.

For job seekers in Maryland, which has around 20,000 available positions, the path to these jobs is getting a boost from a $15 million grant through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative (TAACCCT).

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Montgomery College is leading the effort which includes 14 colleges across the state. On Dec. 10, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited Montgomery College’s Germantown campus to highlight the TAACCCT-funded Cyber-Technology Pathways Across Maryland initiative.

Mahesh Kalva, chief technology officer for Enterprise IT and Data Solutions at Lockheed Martin, talked about becoming one of the more than 70 employer and community partners in the grant, and how it helps them identify and attract the best and brightest talent.

Ben Edson, president and chief executive officer of VariQ, which has grown from two employees in 2008 to 200 and plans to add another 100 over the next year, said he views this partnership as a crucial piece of their expansion plans.

“We need employees who can not only hit the ground running, but can grow into new positions as our company changes,” said Edson.

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