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Applications Now Available for City Colleges of Chicago's New Cyber Security "Boot Camp"

3/18/2017 12:00 AM

Prospective students interested in gaining critical skills in cyber security are encouraged to apply for City Colleges of Chicago’s first-of-its-kind Cyber Security Boot Camp. Applications are now available for the 24-week scholarship program that will train students in cyber security best practices and prepare them to secure critical computer networks in the public and private sectors.  The application deadline is April 8, 2017; applications are available by visiting: www.ccc.edu/cybersecurity.

Recognizing the urgency of developing expertise and skilled workers in the field of cyber security, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) joined CCC to pilot the new immersive cyber security boot camp, modeled after the intensive, six-month course at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. Outside of the U.S. Military, CCC is only the second institution in the nation to offer a program of this caliber. 

"Recent events on the national and global stage have demonstrated the critical need to secure our sensitive data and information technology – in the both the public and private sectors," said Mayor Emanuel when the program was announced in January 2017. "That's why the City of Chicago is partnering with DoD to prepare a highly-skilled workforce by tapping talent from the Military, Veterans and local students to meet the urgent needs of the military and employers where thousands of jobs are added in this field each year.”

The new cyber security training initiative makes CCC the first and only community college system in the nation to adopt a high-quality training module from the U.S. military.  The program will train both civilians, veterans and active military.   

All participants accepted into the 2017 program will be provided with a full scholarship for the program, which will cover tuition, books and materials. Scholarships for stipend and living expenses are not available through the program.   

To be eligible for the Cyber Security Boot Camp, applicants must be current residents of the City of Chicago and must make a commitment to complete the program in its entirety, attending all classes between the dates of June 5, 2017 – November 16, 2017, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    

Applicants must also attend a mandatory information session the dates of which are available from the application webpage.  Applicants must also be 18 years or older and have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency by June 1, 2017. Eligible applicants should not owe debt to the City of Chicago.   

Boot Camp classes will be held at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave, Chicago, Illinois. Wilbur Wright College is designated as CCC’s Center of Excellence for IT education and currently offers several associate degree and certificate programs in IT that include computer science, networking systems and technology, and web development.        

While the Cyber Security Boot Camp does not provide college credit, those completing the program will sit for the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) Certification Test-–a highly sought after credential in the cyber security industry. Completers of this same boot camp at Fort McNair boast a pass rate of 80 percent, for this very challenging cyber competency exam.     
     
The Cyber Security Boot Camp application, along with additional eligibility criteria and information about required documentation can be found online at: www.ccc.edu/cybersecurity.   

Program Finalists will be notified by April 24, 2017 and will be interviewed between April 26-28, 2017. Selected participants will be notified of program acceptance in early May 2017.   

Click here to apply​ or learn more about the Cyber Security Training Program.     

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