The second class will be open to all feds, not just those who do not work in IT.
Following strong interest from federal employees in the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy’s first class, the White House announced Tuesday it is accepting applications for a second class.
More than 1,500 feds applied to be part of the inaugural class, and 30 were selected last week to receive hands-on training in cyber defense analysis through the program, which was launched by the CIO Council’s Workforce Committee and the Education Department.
Whereas the first class was open only to feds with non-technical backgrounds, federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent told a crowd at GDIT’s Emerge conference that this class would be open to all federal employees. Kent said the program is an example of the administration’s commitment to “make investments on the people side” of technological hurdles.
“With over 1,500 applications to the first cohort, there clearly is an interest for cyber security within the federal government,” Kent said in a statement. “We fight the Cyber battle every day and the Federal Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy is an investment in our Federal workforce and our country.”
Applications are open through May 15.
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