Goals & Activities
Our project focuses on supporting the creation of a “Central PA Cybersecurity Earn-and-Learn Ecosystem” focused on building a technology career pipeline for at-risk youth. This project is based on the foundations put in place by the Southcentral PA Workforce Development Board’s (SCPa Works) Information Technology Industry Partnership (ITIP).
Funding will be used to support a number of activities and outcomes including:
A regional Cybersecurity Awareness Event scheduled for January 26, 2023. This event is scheduled to coincide with International Data Privacy Week sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Alliance.
Regional Career Awareness Events: Multiple career awareness events will be planned with ITIP partners and regional technology employers as a follow-up to the kickoff event. The focus of these events will be to increase the visibility of cybersecurity careers available throughout Southcentral PA.
IT Training: NuPaths will also offer its online Information Technology Fundamentals course to 30 inner-city high school students in Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg to support the creation of pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship workforce pipeline. Students who participate in this program will earn an industry-recognized IT credential and 2 college credits, putting them on an earn-and-learn cybersecurity career pathway following graduation from high school.
Work Experience Opportunities: We will also work with SCPa Works and ITIP partners to build additional work experience opportunities for middle and high school students that may include job shadowing, field trips, and part-time employment.
Formalization of a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Pathway: We will work with the ITIP in the formalization of a group “earn-and-learn” apprenticeship model for cybersecurity occupations. This will help coordinate multiple individual efforts to create a registered apprenticeship model and align various educational resources to support the sustainability of the program for multiple regional employers.