JCC, AT&T launches pilot cybersecurity training program
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Staten Island launched a pilot cybersecurity program made possible by AT&T support earlier this week.
Staten Island residents will now have access to free virtual cybersecurity training and certification from the highly reputed Per Scholas curriculum and job training program, according to the JCC.
The program is targeted to underrepresented residents and individuals who would not otherwise have access to the digital literacy training required for the growing sector of cybersecurity jobs. Participants will receive an industry recognized certification, hands on experience, workplace exposure, workforce coaching and connections to employment opportunities.
AT&T’s support for this program is part of the company’s $2 billion nationwide commitment. They will work in all five boroughs to ensure all New Yorkers have access to the digital tools and skills needed for today’s world.
The program is being hosted virtually by the JCC while Per Scholas is providing accepted participants with the technology. The cohort runs for 15 weeks full-time, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and learners will work to obtain the CompTIA CySA+ certification, while learning Linux, network administration, behavioral analytics, security monitoring, threat management, cyber incident response and more.
Participants will also receive comprehensive professional development, engage with industry professionals and support to obtain employment in entry level cybersecurity roles. After completion, the participants will be equipped with the experience to fulfill a wide variety of entry level positions, such as cybersecurity analyst, junior desktop technician and tech support engineer.
AT&T’s contribution will support this first cohort and lay a foundation for Per Scholas and the JCC to partner to deliver an in-person cybersecurity training program on Staten Island in 2023. The contribution also covers tuition, materials and digital hardware for all participants.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Per Scholas and AT&T to bring this new training to Staten Island. Our approach to career training is a holistic one that links our career instruction with our social services offerings,” Orit Lender, JCC CEO, said in a statement. “Not only does every person who comes through the doors of this program access the training they need to take their career to the next level, but we also help them overcome any barriers they may have to finding success in their careers. Whether that’s learning soft skills or finding health insurance, our one-stop shop method helps meet a wide variety of needs. We are so excited to add this cybersecurity training to our JCC Career Connections offerings. Thank you to AT&T for making this programming possible for Staten Islanders.”
This new cybersecurity training program expands on the JCC’s capacity to assist unemployed/underemployed individuals to acquire the tools and skills to secure viable, well-paid employment. It has been designed to provide a continuum of concrete critical support to assist participants overcome obstacles to employment.
“The cybersecurity sector is growing and provides many opportunities for successful careers. This new program will help connect Staten Islanders to those jobs and provide a foundation for job training to help unemployed/underemployed individuals for years to come,” Robin White, director, AT&T External Affairs, said in a statement.
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