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Mayor Emanuel, City Colleges Chancellor Salgado Celebrate Cyber Security Completion Ceremony

11/16/2017 4:00 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado today joined the US Department of Defense in commemorating the completion of students in the first cohort of the Cyber Security Boot Camp at Wilbur Wright College. The new state-of-the-art cyber security boot camp training initiative was launched in partnership with the US Department of Defense in January to prepare students for highly skilled jobs in the industry. 

“Today we celebrate these students who are entering the workforce as in-demand highly-skilled cyber security professionals,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “They represent the blossoming tech community in the city, and I look forward to watching them continue to thrive right here in the city of Chicago for years to come.”  

The immersive, 24-week training program prepared graduates to sit for the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) Certification Test – a high valued certification exam recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense.  The 22 student cohort brought together students from CCC, civilian backgrounds and military service.   

Eighty-five percent of the civilian completers already have standing offers for paid internships with ComEd, Trustwave, and Allstate.  

“Employers are committing to our students even before the end of the program, demonstrating the strong demand for talent in this field and their confidence in the strength of our students’ preparedness,” said Juan Salgado, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago.   

City Colleges is expanding the program in 2018, with plans to accept cohorts at Harold Washington College, Kennedy-King College, and Wright College.  Applications for the program will open in December, with the next starting class in March 2018. To learn more and be notified exactly when CCC boot camp applications are available, go to​ootcamps.  

The inaugural boot camp was held at Wright College, which is designated as City Colleges of Chicago’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.   

Several of the city’s corporate leaders in the IT industry work with City Colleges to develop highly-skilled cyber security apprentices. Accenture, Allstate, Aon, ComEd, Microsoft and Trustwave and others are committed to providing cyber security students with a range of supports, including: internship opportunities, ongoing mentoring, recruitment and job placement, and to advise CCC on curriculum development.