St. Louis apprenticeship program for cyber security launches

(Courtesy of The St. Louis American/St. Louis Public Radio)

A new cybersecurity apprenticeship program is about to begin in the St. Louis region.

The Midwest Cyber Center is partnering with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, known as SLATE, to launch the 18-month apprenticeship.

The Cybersecurity Analyst Registered Apprenticeship is aimed at those who are at least 18, with a high school diploma or G.E.D. Midwest Cyber Center Executive Director Tony Bryan said they wanted to attract those with little experience into the field.

 “We’re really trying to find a much broader perspective of how do we get folks that are entry-level with very little experience in this space a pathway into it,” Bryan said.

The Midwest Cyber Center was founded in 2015 to address a shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Bryan said there are more than 200,000 such jobs will go unfilled in the U.S. this year.


The program will pair apprentices with businesses for 32 hours a week at $15 per hour and up to $24 an hour by the end of their time. SLATE has grants available that could offset the costs for businesses.

SLATE Executive Director Michael Holmes says it’s great for the apprentices because they’ll get on-the-job experience, as well as certification. But he said employers will also benefit.

“It gives them the opportunity to look before they hire,” he said.

SLATE will begin taking applications May 1st.



Sandalwood students to earn a diploma, degree, cyber job by senior year


(Courtesy of The Florida Times Union)

Students at Sandalwood High will get an academic and professional leg up on cyber security and other technology careers with a just announced partnership between Duval County Public Schools, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Deutsche Bank and JEA.


The way it works is some of today’s freshman will compress four years of high school into two years. Then in their junior year they’ll take college courses in science, math and technology, with a concentration in cyber security.

They will earn an associate’s degree in science and industry certification by high school graduation.

Throughout the four years, the students also will take regular trips to JEA and Deutsche Bank, where they will shadow employees in technology fields, receive “industry mentoring” and get access to summer internships.

After high school, they will receive priority interviewing for jobs at the two companies.

So far, eight students are in the program but the goal is to have 25 at a time, said Vicki Schultz, Sandalwood’s principal.

The program is part of the Duval’s overall goal to expand early college and STEM opportunities for students, connecting them with employers while they’re learning, said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, and it helps the district compete with private schools and others for high performing students.

“We are ensuring that our schools serve as a true springboard to successful entries into college and the workforce,” he said.

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Military Veterans and Spouses May Qualify for Scholarships

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With a large majority of cybersecurity breaches currently arising from attacks via social engineering and other people-centered applications, knowing the “nuts and bolts” of network operations and security is no longer enough to qualify as a superior candidate for many job openings.

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Course End: Friday, August 26
Course Duration: 16 Weeks
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