Workforce Readiness

Apprenticeship Program Provides On-the-Job Training in Cybersecurity

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Florida International University (FIU) is launching a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program (Cyber-CAP) to give learners hands-on training and a chance to obtain industry credentials in the cybersecurity field. The program is funded by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

FIU is developing a mix of public and private partnerships to provide training opportunities. University students, individuals with degrees in other fields and others who may not have a bachelor's degree are all eligible to apply.

Cyber-CAP expects to train 800 apprentices over a four-year period with skills to obtain careers in cybersecurity. FIU's College of Engineering and Computing will provide the program's curriculum and the Beacon Council will market the program to recruit apprentices and local mentors.

The Society for Human Resources Management Foundation will help recruit companies to participate in the program. Cylance, ForeScout Technologies and McAfee will also provide mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities for students in the program.

Individuals who are interested in FIU Cyber-CAP are encouraged to apply here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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