“This is about jobs, jobs, jobs ““ jobs that keep the country safe and keep the economy strong,” Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said. “It“™s about giving people the tools they need to prepare for the jobs of the future.”
With these funds, the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, the Mid-Maryland Workforce Investment System in Howard and Carroll Counties, and Baltimore Mayor“™s Office of Employment Development will train workers to fill jobs in cybersecurity, she said.
“This is a win-win opportunity to help save lives, transform lives and transform communities,“ Mikulski added.
The Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, in partnership with community colleges in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties; University of Maryland-University College; and more than a dozen industry and government partners was awarded $4,953,035 to develop a new cybersecurity-training program that will help more than 765 students get industry credentials in cybersecurity and provide 1,000 students with training in the field.
“This [Department of Labor] grant is important for job creation and will help ensure our nation“™s future cyber security,“ said Benjamin L. Cardin, chairman of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee. “I am committed to making sure that Marylanders have the training and skills to get jobs in the growing field of cyber security and I applaud the partnership that it creates between Anne Arundel Community College and the business community. We all have the same goal and that is to protect our nation“™s Internet from an attack by terrorists who want to disrupt our communications network.“
Congressman John Sarbanes said he was pleased these federal job training funds are flowing into Maryland.
“Cybersecurity is a tremendous growth field for this region and we must prepare Marylanders to take advantage of job opportunities in the cybersecurity industry,” he said.
O’Malley said identity theft, network viruses, loss of sensitive information and other malicious activity are part of the ever-evolving world of cyber information and communications.
“As public servants, our most solemn obligation is to protect the safety of the citizens we serve, and that includes protection from cyber threats,” he said. “All Marylanders have an obligation to protect themselves as well, as we address this modern security threat as One Maryland.“
Nationwide, the Department of Labor awarded $125 million in Community-Based Job Training grants through a competitive process to support workforce training for high-growth/high-demand industries through the national system of community, technical and tribal colleges. A wide range of industries, from green industries to healthcare, transportation and advanced manufacturing, are considered high growth or high demand.