TechHire: Project SECURE   We're Training Tech Talent!

Start at your level -- advanced degree not required!

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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I'm joining this program so I can transition out of the business field and into IT. I chose the IT Industry because technology is always changing, and I know the job marketing for IT will continue to grow. 

- Austin Barclift, TechHire student

Who qualifies for TechHire grant funding? 

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 29
  • Out of secondary school
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Have no education or work experience in cybersecurity

How to get started

  1. Complete this online interest form
  2. Wait to be contacted -- space in the TechHire Project is limited
  3. Attend an information session
  4. Pass an IT assessment
  5. Meet with a Wake Tech Workforce Career Coach and a NCWorks/NextGen Talent Development Associate
  6. Develop an individualized employment plan
  7. Begin Wake Tech coursework

Diagnose and troubleshoot computers. Earn certifications such as CompTIA IT Fundamentals, A+, Network+, and Security+.

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Troubleshoot network systems. Earn certifications such as CCENT, CCNA, and CCNA Security. 

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CCENT: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices ICND1 Certification Exam Prep 100-105SEF-3001GT21 available classes
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CCNA Routing and Switching: Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices ICND2 Certification Exam Prep 200-105SEF-3001GW21 available classes
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) candidates who take and pass the certification exam validate their knowledge and skills to employers. You will cover all exam objectives to successfully prepare to pass the CCNA Routing and Switching 200-105 certification. You will ga...
Exploring Information Technology & Cybersecurity CareersHRD-3004BO23 available classes
Regardless of the type of business, companies use computers to either enhance their products or improve their services. In this class, you will learn about high-demand computer and technology occupations with a focus on those involving Cisco, CompTIA, and Cybersecurity skill...
Career Seeking Skills for the IT IndustryHRD-3004AY2
If you want a job in the IT industry, now is the time! Career Seeking Skills for the IT Industry focuses on resume writing, online applications and interview techniques. Learn targeted job-seeking strategies. Examine the use of keywords and phrases for careers in IT. Review...
CCNA Security: Implementing Cisco Network Security Exam Prep IINS 210-260SEF-3001GU2
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security candidates who pass this exam demonstrate to employers an ability to secure network infrastructure. By the end of this course, you will have covered exam topics such as security concepts, secure access, VPN, secure routing an...
Cisco IP Switched Networks CCNP 300-115SEF-3001HV2
Today, switches have replaced routers as the most commonly used networking device. Individuals who have obtained the CCNA Routing and Switching credential can expand career opportunities by enrolling in this course. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to configure and optim...
Exam Tutoring: Cisco CCNA SecuritySEF-3001GZ2
Cisco CCNA Security validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. Exam topics include: covering security concepts, secure access, Virtual Private Network (VPN), secure routing and switching, Cisco firewall technologies, IOS Intrusion Prev...
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TechHire Project SECURE Grant Details

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

Active 2016-2020

Service area: Wake, Johnston, Durham counties

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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