New Academy to Train Highly Skilled Professionals to Fight Nation’s Cyber Threats
BOWIE, MD – Individuals looking to prepare for a technology career focused on protecting the nation from cyber threats can take courses to earn valuable industry certifications through the new Bowie State University Cybersecurity Academy.
Dr. Aminta H. Breaux (top), President, Bowie State University, welcomes Public and Private Sector executives from the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) to Bowie State University. David Washington (left), Global Project Executive with IBM and Dr. Lethia Jackson, Chair and Professor — Department of Technology and Security, address Students, Faculty, and Industry during opening ceremony acknowledgements. BDPA-DC photos © 2018 bdpatoday
Set to open in January 2019, the academy will provide specialized skills development and practical experience for students to successfully complete examinations for recognized IT certifications. The academy is committed to cultivating training opportunities for veterans and others from Maryland’s diverse populations to help meet the workforce needs of this critical industry.
The 16-week intensive courses will concentrate on the following certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), and InfoSec Ethical Hacker. Three highly qualified instructors, who bring a wealth of IT teaching experience, will lead the courses, administered by The Maryland Center at Bowie State University. Registration for the academy’s courses will open in December 2018.
Cohorts of 20 students will progress through the five courses, leading to certifications in key areas needed in the cybersecurity profession. An a-la-carte option will be available to people who want to take individual courses to meet their needs – recertification boot camp courses will also be available of those who need them. Courses range from $1,500-$5,000 each, and $16,500 for the entire suite.
After earning the certifications, students will be ready to excel in high-demand technology careers, such as computer programming, cyber intelligence, cyber risk and strategy analysis, and digital forensics engineering, among other areas.