MONTPELIER, Vt. — In an effort to address Vermont’s need for a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce, Community College of Vermont (CCV) will offer scholarships for eligible students who enroll in the College’s Cyber Academy.

In partnership with Socratic Arts, CCV’s Cyber Academy offers an online cybersecurity credential designed to equip students with the necessary skills for success in entry-level cybersecurity positions. Cybersecurity attacks are one of the most pressing risks to businesses, governments, and public enterprises both in Vermont and globally. Organizations experience thousands of cybersecurity attacks per day, making knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals highly sought-after.

For students enrolling in the first of two ten-week Cyber Academy classes in spring 2020, CCV will provide a scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Scholarships are funded by the State of Vermont’s Next Generation Plan, which supports workforce and economic development, particularly in growing sectors of the economy, as well as participation in education beyond high school. Ryan Dulude, CCV’s director of financial aid, says the Cyber Academy is a perfect match for Next Generation funds. “This is a really exciting opportunity for CCV to support students while providing a pathway to employment in the high-demand field of cybersecurity.”

Development of the Cyber Academy was funded in part by the Department of Defense (DOD), and the curriculum was designed in conjunction with DOD and industry experts. The program is offered 100% online, where students work through a progression of modules and courses designed to impart a strong foundation of offensive and defensive information security skills.

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