GO Virginia Region 6 approved $110,000 in funding in May 2019 to the University of Mary Washington (UMW) to train students in the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification program.
UMW has utilized GO Virginia funding to pay for instructor salaries, course material for students, and marketing efforts. Contributed match from the Chesapeake Bay Consortium Workforce Development Board and several local jurisdictions paid for tuition waivers for students to attend the program a little to no cost.
GO Virginia is a statewide economic development initiative that provides project-based funds to encourage collaboration among private industry, higher education, and government partners to create higher-paying jobs.
The CISSP certification is a globally recognized cybersecurity certification that standardizes competence and knowledge in the information security field.
To date, UMW has trained 29 students through a series of three cohorts in a 12-week evening class format. The motive of this program is to offer the CISSP training in-person to enhance the learning experience for students who may not want to learn through an online environment. Because of this, training was delayed due to COVID-19.
UMW has received a no-cost extension to their GO Virginia funding to train students through January 2022.
There are currently 60 jobs open, across 30 different employers, that want employees to have the CISSP certification.
Registration is now open for the Fall 2021 12-week session beginning in September or a one-week boot camp at the end of August. To learn more visit UMW’s CISSP page.