The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, as part of the National STEM Consortium, has extended the funding for the Cyber Technology certificate program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.
The first classes were offered in January 2013, and the grant has been extended until May 2015.
“This certificate program provides students with the basic, marketable skills for the industry, plus an entrance into the door of networking and cyber security,” says Raphaël Wolff, coordinator for Cyber Technology.
Students involved in Cyber Tech, which is a one-year certificate program, have seen a variety of successes. Perhaps most notably, Patrick Herendeen, who earned his Cyber Tech certificate last year, advanced to the final round of the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competition’s Theatre Finale, the national round of the competition, including participants from the United States and Canada. There he placed 34th out of 84 finalists.
Herendeen, a Northrop High School graduate, is currently finishing his assocate degree in Computer Information Technology. His additional Cyber Tech certification qualifies him for jobs in cyber customer service and technical support.
While the grant is open to any student, the grant is targeted at workers who have lost their job due to the effects of foreign trade and the unemployed and underemployed population. Veterans receive priority enrollment. The program is eligible for financial aid, including Trade Adjustment Assistance, Workforce Investment Act, and Pell Grants.
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