Cybersecurity program awarded grant to enable more people to pursue degrees

July 27, 2022

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A $30,000 grant has been awarded to Quinnipiac’s cybersecurity program by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) and the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF).

“The grant is focused on the development of short form, one to three credit, stackable cybersecurity credentials in healthcare, financial services and security operations,” Frederick Scholl, director of the cybersecurity program, said. “This will enable a wider range of people to gain access to the important field of cybersecurity. The grant will enable learners to move into the cybersecurity field with 2-5 weeks of training. We will offer Quinnipiac badges as well as industry-standard badges that they can use to signal their specific expertise to employers.”

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said in a press release that the grant is “part of an initiative to rapidly increase the competitiveness of the state’s postsecondary institutions and meet growing business demands for tech skills.”

Scholl noted how the grant validates the strength of the cybersecurity program at Quinnipiac.

“The grant recognizes Quinnipiac as a leader in cybersecurity and workforce development in our region. Our program has been designed to have a measured impact on area businesses. We have had, over the past three years, over 40 graduates now working in regional firms,” said Scholl.

Cybersecurity is an essential field that currently has a global shortage of professionals. This grant will help Quinnipiac continue to excel at educating future professionals of cybersecurity.

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