FSU CDHS Concludes Inaugural Cyber Security Academy

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 Fayetteville State University’s (FSU) Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS) held its first graduation for the Cybersecurity Academy. “With hundreds of thousands of military personnel coming back from overseas duty and transitioning from military to civilian life, quality education options have never been a more critical need for them than they are right now. Since the Cyber Security career path is one of the most popular for transitioning soldiers, Fayetteville State University Center for Defense and Homeland Security has teamed up with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) to offer Certificates in Cyber Foundations, and Certificates in Cyber Security for Transitioning Service Members and Veterans,” said Dr. Curtis Charles, Executive Director of the CDHS.

The inaugural class included a diverse group of students ranging from military veterans, active duty, transitioning service members and civilians completed the Certificate in Cyber Foundations course. The Certificate in Cyber Foundations qualifies completers to take the Certification Examinations for: CompTIA A+ Certified IT Technician, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+. The Cyber Foundations course is also a prerequisite for FSU-UMBC’s more advanced course: Certificate in Cybersecurity. Available jobs for those who completed the Certificate in Cyber Foundations include: General IT Support; Help Desk Support; Basic System/Network Administration; Computer Support Specialist; Technical Support; Computer Repair technician, etc.

“We believe that transitioning service members and veterans will require more than certifications,” Charles said. “Therefore, to ease the transition from military to the civilian workforce, the CDHS has teamed with Paralyzed Veterans of Americas’ Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veteran Employment) program.” Operation will provide one-on-one vocational assistance as well as, job placement assistance.

The FSU-UMBC Cybersecurity Academy targets service members and veterans who are able to use their GI Bill Benefits to pay for the classes, but is also open to existing information assurance and IT professionals, as well as those interested in entering the emerging cyber security workforce.

Following the success of its first Cybersecurity Academy course, FSU-UMBC is now accepting registration for its summer courses: Certificate in Cybersecurity starts June 2, 2014 and runs through October 13, 2014 Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. This course includes: Linux Certified System Administrator (RHCSA and/or Linux+), Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA), EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Network & Packet Analysis.

The next Certificate in Cyber Foundations course begins on June 3, 2014 and runs through August 7, 2014 Tuesday & Thursdays evenings and Saturday’s mornings through late afternoon. To register, call (910) 672-2006.

Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of more than 6,100 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 900.