Cyber Workforce Programs


K-12 Education Cyber Highlights

In 2016 Governor McAuliffe signed innovative education legislation to integrate computer science and computational thinking into Virginia’s existing K-12 Standards of Learning.

Additionally, the Governor proposed and the General Assembly approved significant new investments in computer science related professional development for teachers.


Higher Education Cyber Highlights

Virtual Cyber Range—The Governor’s biennial budget included $4 million for the creation of a Commonwealth wide virtual cyber range housed at Virginia Tech that will allow our next generation of cyber professionals to sharpen their skills for detecting and preventing attacks.


The Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) to Degree Program at NOVA Community College and the Veterans Pathway Program in Cyber Security at George Mason University create a seamless pathway for veterans to use military experience towards the completion of an Associate’s Degree and earn a B.A.S in cybersecurity.

Norfolk State University leads a $25M collaborative effort funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a K-20 pipeline for the cyber security workforce.


The Virginia Community College System will soon launch a veterans’ portal showing how college credit is awarded for military experience. With over 800,000 veterans in Virginia, connecting military education and training in IT and cybersecurity to postsecondary education credentials is important to ensuring the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity workforce.


Workforce Education Cyber Highlights

The New Economy Workforce Credential initiative signed into law a new statewide program that will allow Virginia residents to obtain non-credit workforce training at 1/3 of the cost, at any community college or participating regional higher education center, for college approved industry recognized certifications aligned with high demand occupations. The initiative provides financial aid for non-credit workforce training.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management initiative—which sought to build talent pipelines and provide high quality job opportunities in the occupations of Computer Programmer/Software Developer and Cyber/Information Security Engineer/Analyst.

Training will be offered at any community college or higher education center. Grant awards pay 2/3 of the cost of certification or licenses.   


In July 2016, Virginia’s officially launched a cyber-security apprenticeship program. Businesses and state agencies sponsoring new registered apprentices in IT or cybersecurity occupations are now eligible for up to $1,000 annually, per apprentice, in state fiscal support.

Peregrine Technical Solutions is the first officially registered Cyber Apprenticeship corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia


Companies employing IT and cybersecurity technicians can benefit from a new $1 million initiative announced by Governor McAuliffe, in April 2016, to provide small businesses of up to 250 employees with training and credentials for incumbent workers. The new opportunity partners Workforce Boards, community colleges, businesses, and industries.