|WGU North Carolina Offers Scholarships to Help Fill Cybersecurity Skills Gap|
|Deadline is Dec. 31 for scholarships valued at up to $5,000|
|Published Tuesday, October 29, 2019|
WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of competency-based, nonprofit Western Governors University, has announced a new scholarship program to help fill the state and country’s critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The WGU Cybersecurity Scholarship, worth up to $5,000 per student, launched the first week in October in recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
New WGU students enrolling in the B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance or M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program are eligible to apply for the scholarship through Dec. 31, 2019. Recipients will be awarded $1,250 per six-month term — renewable up to four terms — toward those programs. WGU’s already-low tuition is about $3,500 per six-month term.
According to CyberSeek, an initiative funded by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, the U.S. is facing a growing shortfall of cybersecurity professionals — nearly 314,000 as of January 2019.
WGU’s cybersecurity curriculum is designed and regularly updated with input from cybersecurity experts and leading IT employers to meet the most recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency guidelines. WGU graduates work for leading companies and organizations around the world — including at the highest levels of the federal government.
WGU’s cybersecurity programs are perfect for either current or aspiring cybersecurity professionals. In addition to earning a degree, students enrolled in these programs earn industry certification embedded in the curriculum and at no extra cost.
Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, WGU’s competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know, so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students complete their programs by studying with schedules that fit their lives, advancing as soon as they demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.
“LinkedIn lists more than 1,100 cybersecurity job openings in North Carolina, and that doesn’t include unadvertised openings,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “There just aren’t enough qualified local candidates to fill these openings, which is why cybersecurity scholarships like this one are important to help fill that skills gap and ensure data security across the state.”
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