Polk State to host info sessions on Cybersecurity Support Technician Apprenticeship Program

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With more than 2,200 cyberattacks taking place each day and the average cost of a data breach reaching $4.24 million, the need for highly skilled cybersecurity professionals is greater than ever. Polk State College is offering the Cybersecurity Technician Apprenticeship Program to provide businesses with an affordable, quality solution.

Polk State is hosting virtual sessions about the Cybersecurity Support Technician Apprenticeship Program on February 8 at 8:30 a.m. here and on February 21 at 8:30 a.m. here.

Every business is susceptible to cybersecurity threats and the most effective way to reduce cyberattacks is with a skilled information technology team. Polk State, in partnership with Safal Partners and with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is providing companies with cutting-edge cybersecurity training to upskill IT professionals to better protect their organizations.

The 12-month registered apprenticeship program includes courses in cybersecurity operations, cybersecurity analysis, computer forensics, system security, and ethical hacking that students complete online and at their own pace, as well as customized and structured on-the-job training.

Graduates can achieve up to 15 college credits toward a Polk State degree or certificate and receive a national credential from the U.S. Department of Labor, while also qualifying for other valuable industry certifications.

Part of the cost of training will be offset for employers through the U.S. Department of Labor grant. Additionally, Safal Partners will provide employers participating in Polk State’s program with direct incentive funding and ongoing support.

Registration is currently taking place for the Cybersecurity Technician Apprenticeship Program, with classes beginning on March 7 and May 10. More information is available at www.polk.edu/mapit. Interested employers can email mapitsolutions@polk.edu.