In 2018, with the support of GO Virginia funds and the cities of Waynesboro and Harrisonburg, Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) developed a non-credit cyber security workforce development program to help establish high-wage, high demand cyber security jobs in the region. Since the start of the program, five cohorts, totaling 69 students, have participated in cyber security credentialling classes and on-the-job training with private industry partners. To date, 36 students have been hired in the cyber security industry with 86% staying in the region. The average starting annual salary of those completing BRCC’s program was $49,500. GO Virginia supported the cost of instructors and class materials as BRCC established this very popular program which received 335 applications for enrollment. Because of the program’s success, Blue Ridge Community College will continue to offer the program through Virginia’s FastForward program.
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