Danville Community College’s (DCC) Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has been awarded an $850,000 grant from the United States Department of Labor to create the DCC Cybersecurity Short-term Training Initiative, the College today announced.

In earning this grant from the Federal government, the College will develop a virtual program, certified by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, providing a 16-week training program of cybersecurity experts.

The 16-week program would permit the College to offer 60 students the opportunity to complete a certificate program in Cybersecurity Studies.  Specifically, the program would:

  • Enable graduates to identify security risks to computing resources
  • Assess threats and develop countermeasures aimed at protecting data and assets
  • Develop networking and security solutions,
  • Balance business concerns and design infrastructure including devices and protocols.

Graduates of the program would be eligible for employment with the more than 400 cybersecurity positions  available within two hours of Danville, VA.

The $850,000 grant is the result of support from Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine for this important project.

“As Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, I know how important it is to defend our nation against rising cyber threats,” Senator Mark Warner said.  “Unfortunately, we’ll be limited in our ability to do that if critical cybersecurity jobs continue to sit unfilled in Virginia and across the country. I am proud to know that this grant will support Danville Community College in helping train Virginia’s cyber workforce and ensure that we have the personnel we need to tackle these 21st century challenges.”

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