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Virginia’s 1st cybersecurity apprenticeship program

Staff Writer |
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the establishment of Virginia’s first registered cybersecurity apprenticeship.

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Tis is a partnership between Tidewater Community College (TCC) and Yorktown-based Peregrine Technical Solutions.

“As we work to build a new Virginia economy, we must not only protect our electronic infrastructure from cyberattacks, but also build a workforce ready to meet the demands of our growing, high-tech job market,” Governor McAuliffe said.

“With this program, Tidewater Community College and Peregrine Technical Solutions, LLC will provide hands-on cybersecurity education that builds skillsets applicable to field demands. As a result, employers will have a pathway to hire and train cybersecurity apprentices with the confidence that students have fundamental technical training.”

The Governor made the announcement as he hosted his first Cyber-Physical Systems Summit at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News.

The Summit is being conducted in conjunction with the National Governors Association and is an extension of Governor McAuliffe’s Chairman’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge.

TCC is one of three Virginia community colleges designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The other two community colleges are Northern Virginia and Lord Fairfax.

Governor McAuliffe noted that Virginia alone has 17,000 cybersecurity job openings, and the field is among the fastest growing in the nation.

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