The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is partnering with the U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship in the 120 day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint – a national campaign to promote Registered Apprenticeships as a solution to develop a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce. This program was developed as a joint initiative between the two departments and was officially launched at the White House on July 19th, 2022.
Since the launch of the sprint, the U.S Department of Labor has shared a blog update with a feature from a current apprentice who came from a foster youth program and is excelling in his program at McLeod Information Systems.
A key promotional method during the Sprint is Apprenticeship Accelerators that raise awareness among employers about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeships. NICE staff participate in events in partnership with the Department of Labor, and there are several more events in the planning stages. Here is a list of engagements that occurred in September:
September 8th - Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp
September 14th - State of Arkansas Accelerator (media coverage)
September 16th - National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE) Virtual Career Fair – keynote speaker, Marian Merritt
September 20th - Secure the Village in Los Angeles, CA – Marian Merritt and Samantha Cooper-Morrison
September 28th - Federal CIO Council – guest speakers Marian Merritt and Samantha Cooper-Morrison