Midwest Cyber Center has teamed up with Monsanto Company to support its cybersecurity apprenticeship program.
“Apprenticeships are a perfect fit for non-traditional learners to gain access to high paying technology jobs. Nothing will replace the importance of higher education, but we believe we can help candidates earn while they learn to become cybersecurity analysts. It is an honor to partner with Monsanto’s team and I am excited to see watch the apprentice grow in the months ahead,” said Tony Bryan, executive director of Midwest Cyber Center.
Registered apprenticeship programs have traditionally focused on trades, such as carpentry and electricians. The concept is 80 years in the making and a natural pathway for the growing need for “middle skills” type of jobs within the critical field of cybersecurity, Bryan added.
“We recognize the talent gap within the industry and our community, and we are proud to support MC2 and other organizations who have a mission dedicated to community outreach, education, and job placement,” said Chris Sawall, director, Cyber Threat & Intelligence at Monsanto. “We also know it is important to do our part to help educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to help them prepare for the future and to protect our organizations.”
The Midwest Cyber Center’s Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program provides a nontraditional pathway for adults to obtain cybersecurity careers. Through 18 months of on-the-job training and 580 hours of online coursework, apprentices earn while they learn and develop skills required by employers. The program was launched in May of 2017. The program at the time was only the third in the country and the first to be registered in Missouri and Illinois. Since launching, MC² has received over 600 applications, placed 15 candidates, and is working to place 35 active apprenticeship candidates.
According to Indeed.com, job postings in cybersecurity have gone up 74 percent over the past five years. More than one million cybersecurity jobs exist in United States, and more than 300,000 of those jobs remain open. The St. Louis region alone has nearly 4,000 open positions.
About Midwest Cyber Center
Midwest Cyber Center (MC²) was founded in 2015 after regional leaders identified a lack of qualified workforce to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals. To learn more visit www.midwestcybercenter.org, or call at (618) 722-5117.