We live in an age when all technology workers need top-notch cybersecurity skills, but too few have them. It’s another arena in which Per Scholas and our partners can make a powerful difference.

Cybersecurity giant Symantec invested in Per Scholas to launch a pilot cybersecurity training track adding the organization to it’s Cyber Career Connection (SC3) effort. The Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) is a collaborative effort to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity. SC3 was launched in 2014 with the Symantec Foundation at the Clinton Global Initiative America summer meeting. The program provides underserved young adults and veterans with targeted education, training and certifications that position them to fill in-demand cybersecurity jobs and enter long-term careers.

The National Capital Region (NCR) had more than 23,000 job postings for cybersecurity in 2013, and 2015 projections show this number grew to 33,000, the most nationally. Growing demand is only part of the challenge employers face. The pipeline of talent is also scarce given cybersecurity qualifications.

Through the SC3 cybersecurity program, Per Scholas will address this gap and provide military veterans it’s tuition-free training in IT support and cybersecurity. The course is four months and leads participants to complete the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications along with entry-level employment assistance into cybersecurity with Per Scholas corporate partners. Launching in 2016, this course offering will be available in the National Capital Region.