TechHire: Project SECURE

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Interested in an IT or cybersecurity job, but you lack training and experience? High tech jobs are not only for people with advanced degrees.  Thanks to the largest grant Wake Tech has ever received, qualified students can prepare for in-demand tech jobs, and all coursework, books, registration and testing fees will be covered. The NC Works Career Center will provide job placement support, and local employer partners including SAS, IBM and HCL Technologies are eager to hire trained talent. 

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Project SECURE (Supporting and Enhancing CyberSecurity through Upwardly-mobile Retraining and Education)

Active 2016-2020

Service area: Wake, Johnston, Durham counties

Project SECURE will serve at least 350 out-of-secondary school youth between 17 and 29 who lack the skills, education, or work experience to secure full-time employment in high-skill jobs.

Coursework will prepare students to earn the following credentials: 
CompTIA A+, Server+, Network+, CompTIA Security+, CCNA, CCNA Security, Linux+, and Certified Ethical Hacker.

Within the targeted industry, the project will train workers for high-skill, high-demand occupations along a career pathway requiring progressively more advanced training and certifications. It will begin with Computer User Support Specialist (NC Median Wage $46,670), then lead to Computer Network Support Specialist ($57,970), Network and Computer Systems Administrator ($75,130), and Computer Network Architect ($100,800). With additional training and experience, the pathway can lead to Computer and Information Systems Manager (NC Median Wage $124,420), Computer Systems Analyst ($84,640), and Information Security Analyst ($86,180).

Additional student services will include career readiness training (resume development and interview prep), participant support funds, and job placement – from application to security clearance.

Grant funds will cover all tuition, books, and certification testing fees for students enrolled in the program. Support may also be available for expenses such as childcare and travel.

Project SECURE will also serve 100 incumbent entry-level employees at IBM, who will receive customized training to upgrade their IT and cybersecurity skills and enable them to move to higher-paying jobs. 

All costs of this program (100%) are financed by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant project # HG-29368-16-60-A-37, which provides a total of $3,965,670.00 in funding. Additional resources valued at $1,558,233 have been leveraged by project stakeholders as contributions to ensure program success.

Employer Partners:

HCL America, Inc., SAS Institute Inc., IBM

Non-Profit Partners:

Capital Area Workforce DevelopmentDurham Workforce Development Board, the City of Raleigh, and Wake County Economic Development 

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