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Cyber Career Exploration (C2E) Platform and Training for Veterans

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

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Contact:  ceroc@tntech.edu

(closes May 13, 2022)

The Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC) at Tennessee Tech University will be conducting the Cyber Career Exploration (C2E) and Training for Transitioning Veterans program during Summer 2022.  The program seeks to assist members of the military transitioning from active duty to civilian life with initial training in cybersecurity topics.  Ideal candidates would have some background in information technology in a prior military occupational specialty (MOS) code.

This project seeks to expand the number of veterans and transitioning military entering the cybersecurity workforce pipeline. TNTech will create a set of  activities to help veterans develop cybersecurity skills and be exposed to professional development, networking, mentoring, apprenticeship and job-placement opportunities. These activities are crucial in helping veterans’ transition into cybersecurity careers and increasing the numbers of veterans who pursue this field.

Program Goals:

1.       Provide a training opportunity for those that have honorably-served our country in the military services that will allow them to transition into the civilian cybersecurity community

2.       Provide a venue in which to introduce some concepts covered by the CompTIA Security+ and related certifications 

3.       Provide workforce development support for the growing employment demands of cybersecurity community in private industry and government areas

4.       Create opportunities within the veteran community to explore a career in cybersecurity while also promoting participation by under-represented populations

5.       Create a community of learner/mentors who can pay it forward to future transitioning veterans

Those selected to participate will receive the following benefits:

1.       Participation in the Cyber Career Exploration Bootcamp, a 1.5-day event to be held on the Tennessee Tech campus May 26-27, 2022 focusing on NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework roles in four industry sectors, C2E technology platform training (including remote access to the platform), certification discussions, and other employment topics

2.       Payment of a $650 stipend after completion of the bootcamp to offset hotel and travel costs

3.       Participation in a two-month, self-paced, virtual cybersecurity training exercise focusing in four industry areas {financial, healthcare, education, and energy} using the C2E technology platform

4.       Membership for all program participants in the Women in Cybersecurity organization allowing access to multiple benefits including the JobBoard++, webinar series, annual virtual career fair, veterans program, and other member forums.

Other Information

The top ten (10) participants who complete the virtual training program in the allotted two-month time period will receive a fully funded trip to the 2023 Women in Cybersecurity Conference in Denver, CO March 16–18, 2023 and participation in the national job fair at the event.

The exploration bootcamp will be conducted at the Tennessee Tech campus on May 26-27, 2022, with a full day of events on May 26 and a half day on May 27.  Those interested in applying to the program should complete the Registration Survey

After completion of the bootcamp, participants will have access to the C2E technology platform for a period of two months to complete self-paced training exercises in the four sectors mentioned above.  Participants will have access to trainers throughout the two-month training cycle via email, Discord and virtual meetings as required.  Updates about the program will provided here. 

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