In 2018, the GO Virginia State Board awarded Blue Ridge Community College with a $200,000 grant to launch a Cyber Security Training Program. The CSPDC provides project management and grant assistance for this project.
The first cohort of 12 students completed their classroom training in February, 2019. Students will continue their studies with the Cybrary online training platform and assist with basic cyber risk assessments during their hands-on experience with Shenandoah Valley strategic IT consulting firms. Many of the students also earned their CompTIA Security+ certification along with their classroom training.
To welcome the second cohort of students, a new facility in Waynesboro will open this month. Graduates of the program will be placed in jobs that have an average wage of $54,000.