Maryland Preps to Train Cyber Workforce


With an estimated 41 percent growth of the cybersecurity industry over the next eight years, Maryland is using a new federal grant to train thousands of cyber warriors.

The $4.9 million grant has funded “Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers Consortium” program, which aims to provide 1,000 new, dislocated or underemployed workers and recently separated veterans with the training they need to land jobs in the cyberindustry.

Yesterday, Congressman C. A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger toured a new career center in Anne Arundel County that offers free tuition to those looking for better jobs that will help the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals.

“Maryland is poised to become the cyber capital of the world and we must prepare a pipeline of qualified workers,” he said. “These are high-quality, high-paying careers that will help strengthen our local economy and our national security.  In this tough economy, I believe it is more important than ever to provide Marylanders with the skills they need so they can go back to work.”

To compete in the current economy, the United States needs to build the best-equipped and most highly trained workforce, said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander Sanchez, who joined Ruppersberger in promoting the new program.

Maryland has made the necessary investments in its human capital to recover more quickly than other states, Sanchez said, and cybersecurity and BRAC will create tens of thousands of jobs in the state.

“Partnerships like the Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers Consortium, the Skills2Compete initiative and other investments in workforce development are creating a strong workforce for the future,” he added.


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