JCC and AT&T launch cybersecurity training pilot program

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The Staten Island’s Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center (JCC) launched a cybersecurity pilot program made possible by support from AT&T earlier this week.

According to the JCC, Staten Island residents will now have access to free virtual cybersecurity training and certification from the highly regarded Per Scholas professional education and training program.

The program targets underrepresented residents and individuals who would otherwise not have access to the digital literacy training required for the growing cybersecurity jobs sector. Participants will receive industry-recognized certification, hands-on experience, workplace exposure, workforce coaching, and links to employment opportunities.

AT&T’s support for this program is part of the company’s $2 billion national commitment. They will work across all five boroughs to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the digital tools and skills needed in today’s world.

The program is hosted virtually by the JCC while Per Scholas provides the technology to accepted participants. The cohort lasts 15 weeks full-time, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and learners will work toward CompTIA CySA+ certification, while learning Linux, network administration, behavioral analysis, Security, Threat Management, Cyber ​​Incident Response and Suite.

Participants will also receive comprehensive professional development, engage with industry professionals, and support in gaining employment in entry-level cybersecurity positions. Upon completion, participants will be equipped with the experience to work in a wide variety of entry-level positions, such as cybersecurity analyst, junior desktop technician, and help desk engineer.

AT&T’s contribution will support this first cohort and lay the 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 material for all participants.

“We are excited 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 approach that connects our career education with our social service offerings,” said Orit Lender. , CEO of JCC, in a statement: “Not only does everyone who walks 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 the obstacles they might encounter to succeed in their careers. From learning soft skills to finding health insurance, our one-stop method helps meet a wide variety of needs. We’re excited to add this cybersecurity training to our JCC Career Connections offerings.Thank you to AT&T for making this programming possible for the Staten Islanders.

This new cybersecurity training program expands the JCC’s ability to help unemployed/underemployed individuals gain the tools and skills necessary to secure viable, well-paying employment. It was designed to provide a continuum of concrete critical support to help participants overcome barriers to employment.

“The cybersecurity sector is growing and offers many successful career opportunities. This new program will help connect Staten Islanders to these jobs and provide a foundation for job training to help the unemployed/underemployed for years to come,” said Robin White, director, AT&T External Affairs, in a statement. communicated.

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