NIST Awards Grants to 5 Nonprofit Groups to Establish Regional Cyber Education, Workforce Devt Partnerships

cyberFive nonprofit organizations have received approximately $1 million in total grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to forge partnerships that seek to address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in local communities.

NIST said Tuesday the Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate grants are part of the Commerce Department’s Skills for Business initiative and will be administered by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

Awardees will use the RAMPS grants to help advance cybersecurity education, workforce development and training efforts in order to meet the needs for cyber professionals within their respective regions.

Grant recipients include:

  • Chicanos Por La Causa – Southwest Region – $199,808
  • Old Dominion University – Mid-Atlantic Region – $199,883
  • Pikes Peak Community College – Western Region -$199,681
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education – Central Region – $198,759
  • State University of New York at Albany – Northeast Region – $197,085

The organizations will sign cooperative agreements with NIST to carry out their RAMPS projects over a period of 15 months and will offer details about their projects at the two-day NICE conference that will start on Nov. 1 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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