September 27, 2016 – Pikes Peak Community College has received a $199,681 national grant to extend its growing cybersecurity programs, creating new partnerships with area high schools and high-profile cyber firms.
“This grant will take our cyber efforts, which had already been gaining momentum, and really throw them into hyper speed to feed the local workforce,” said PPCC President Lance Bolton.
The funding will support development of cybersecurity programs in area high schools and in the college’s Area Vocational Program, creating a summer cybersecurity work experience for high school students and exploring registered apprenticeships to ensure a sustainable cybersecurity workforce for the future of the Pikes Peak region.
The college’s partners in these efforts will include Colorado School Districts 11, 3 and 8, as well as the locally based, nationally prominent cybersecurity firms Root9B and Boecore.
The grant from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to Pikes Peak was one of five given nationwide to institutions with the ability to drive the growth of cybersecurity in their local economies. Most went to universities, coalitions and technical institutes.