UTC Launches Cybersecurity Workforce Certification Training Program

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UTC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science announced Tuesday afternoon the launch of the Cybersecurity Workforce Certification Training (CWCT) program. The program is supported by an NSA grant as an extension of the National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber ​​Defense.

Chancellor Steven Angle said there is a global demand for cybersecurity positions. There is a global shortage of 3 million positions, over 460,000 nationally, and for the state of Tennessee, over 6,700 positions available. Chattanooga and the northern Georgia area have approximately 490 of these positions available.

Dean of Engineering Daniel Pack said, “As the cybersecurity workforce landscape is constantly changing due to the growing need for trained professionals, it is satisfying to know that UTC is responding to these needs and provides a solution. »

The program aims to provide cybersecurity training to professionals in response to the global shortage. The program provides students with online instructor training, tutors, technical support, and job coaching.

There are three CWCT tracks paid for by the grant, such as Digital Forensics, Cybersecurity Administration, and Iot and AI Security for non-degree training. However, it is possible to pursue degree programs at participating colleges. There are five certifications obtained per training path.

There are a total of 425 targeted grant applicants which has grown to 850, 103 are on the waiting list and 922 are enrolled in the program.

The CWCT program began in September 2020. They said they have established a nationwide pilot training program based on Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Certification for transitioning military, first responders, and other adult trainees. Partners include Purdue University Northwest, Ivy Tech Community College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and now, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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