The federal government has awarded Anne Arundel County nearly $5 million to finance a program that will give 700 laid-off workers free cybersecurity job training that could help prepare them for cybersecurity careers in both government and industry.
Hometown Annapolis reports how the grant will pay for a three-year program called the Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers Consortium. Kirkland Murray, president and CEO of the county’s workforce development, said many of those who will be able to take advantage of this program are people who lost their jobs due to the current economic downturn.
“This is a good way to get people the skills to get back to work,” he said. “With Cyber Command coming to our area, we’re trying to really increase the pipeline of qualified workers – that’s the real purpose of this program.”
County officials said this kind of training could help prepare workers not only for public-sector jobs but also for employment in private businesses.
“Defense contractors can’t find people with these certifications right now,” Murray said.