COLORADO SPRINGS – September 14, 2016 – Lance Bolton, the President of Pikes Peak Community College, announced today the expansion of the college’s commitment to cybersecurity, with faster ways to educate and certify students for high-paying cybersecurity jobs.
Pikes Peak is partnering the Denver-based cyber firm SecureSet to offer two new cybersecurity test-prep courses designed to prepare qualified students and IT professionals for Network+ and Security+ certification exams, the industry standard for anyone wanting to enter the cybersecurity field.
Over the past five years, there has been a 90-percent increase in demand for cybersecurity professionals nationwide. In Colorado Springs, about 100 open positions await qualified workers.
Although Pikes Peak currently offers a cybersecurity certificate as part of its Computer Networking Technology degree, the new prep classes are aimed at working IT professionals or experienced hobbyists who want to prepare for the certification exam in a hands-on lab.
Courses run Oct. 18-Dec.13, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. at the Rampart Range Campus, 11195 Highway 83.
Cybersecurity course Registration Information:
- Register for Security+ cost $2,499
- Network cost $1,499
Military and veterans receive a $500 discount.
At the same time as it adds the new test-prep classes, Pikes Peak will stir greater interest and deeper understandings about the field with monthly open-to-the-public Cybersecurity Capture the Flag Computer Security Exercises. The first one is set for Monday, Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. at the college’s Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Room PA-358.
No registration is required, a light dinner will be served and participants are asked to bring a laptop if possible. For more information on upcoming cybersecurity exercises, contact Gretchen.Bliss@ppcc.edu.
About Pikes Peak Community College
Pikes Peak Community College, Southern Colorado’s largest higher education institution, is in its 48th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually.