Cyber Security Training Program

WITS has been given the opportunity to offer a very special Introduction to Information Technology and Cybersecurity training program. This program will prepare women for jobs in the growing fields of IT and cybersecurity. 
 

The program framework and design for Part I of this program was developed by Cyber Streets INC in partnership with Baltimore Cyber Range and funded by a grant from Governor Hogan.


Program Advantages:

  1. It is offered at no cost to students. All tuition is covered by the Maryland State grant.

  2. The program prepares students to take the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security + certification exams (the exams alone cost over a thousand dollars, but they are free for students in this program).

  3. Having these certifications will distinguish you from other job candidates.  These certifications are valuable differentiators, whether you stay in cybersecurity or go into some other IT field (read more)

  4. Assistance with job placement is available
     

    • There is a serious shortage in Maryland of qualified cybersecurity professionals, and there is an even greater shortage of women and minorities in the field.  This means that companies doing business with the government are struggling to find women and minorities in order to meet government contractual requirements. These employers are highly motivated to hire you!
       

    • Starting salaries in cybersecurity are in the high range ($50-80K) and grow with additional experience
       

  5. Once you have a job, you can always move elsewhere in the company. There is no need to even stay in cybersecurity. The point is to get your foot in the door, and this program can help you do that at no cost.
     

What the Program Entails:

The program is run through Baltimore Cyber Range and funded by a grant from Governor Hogan. This is a two-part program and all students are expected to attend both parts. This is a continuing education program that does not earn college credit. However, WITS will accept CompTIA certifications for credit. Meaning, if you pass the certification exams, you can be awarded college credit that will count towards your Bachelor’s degree.

 

Program Part I:

The first part of the program runs for about half a year with accommodations for the Yomim Tovim. Classes will meet approximately 9 hrs/week.

All students are expected to attend 90% of the course sessions. Beyond time spent in class, students are expected to study and read on their own. Courses will take place on the WITS campus. Some course sessions may be held online.

Program Part II:

The second part of the program starts after the completion of Part I. Students will spend three weeks over the next few months doing advanced cybersecurity training (multiple scheduling options). The trainings will run M-F from 9-5. There will be accommodations for Shabbos. Part II takes place at Baltimore Cyber Range in downtown Baltimore.

After Part I of the program, students can apply for apprenticeships (paid internships), where they will work full time in cybersecurity and do the additional trainings as part of their apprenticeship.

Program Requirements:

Applicants must:

  1. Be U.S. citizens

  2. Be Maryland residents

  3. Be planning to work in Maryland in cybersecurity or a related field upon completion of the program

  4. Have no criminal record

  5. Be fluent in English

 

*There is no cost for the attending the program. However, students need to make a firm commitment to attending and completing both parts of the training.

There are a very limited number of spots in this program. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. APPLY EARLY!

Applications have ended for the 2019 cohort.
 

For more information about future cohorts, including opportunities for men, contact Rachel Wainhaus at rwainhaus@wits.edu.

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