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New Federal Cybersecurity Re-skilling Academy will involve training courses in Washington, D.C. over three months starting in March

The White House has announced a pilot project related to two of its federal workforce initiatives–retraining employees for higher-priority jobs and boosting the cybersecurity workforce–accepting applications through January 11 to a “Federal Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy” that will involve training courses to be held in Washington, D.C. over three months starting in March.

“The inaugural class will be made up of current federal employees who do not work in the IT field, and will give them the necessary training to work as cyber defense analysts within the government,” said an announcement on the CIO Council site. Excluded, for example, will be employees in job series for computer engineers, computer scientists, electronics engineers and IT cybersecurity specialists.

“The curriculum begins with a cyber essentials course that begins with an onsite workshop, followed by four weeks of follow-on learning, exercises, and exams. Students then attend a “bootcamp” course live for six full days, followed by two weeks of study and a certification exam. The final course is another “bootcamp,” followed by additional study and a final certification exam,” the announcement says. “Students who successfully pass the certification exam move on to the final course, which follows a similar timeline.”

“Additionally, Academy participants may complete extracurricular activities and exercises to enhance their learning and skills development, such as online games, cyber competitions, and more. Participants will receive career mentorship and soft skills guidance to help them prepare for re-deploying into the cybersecurity workforce,” it says.

The initial cohort is expected to consist of about 25 employees. Application and other information is at cio.gov. Information on a second cohort, to be open to all federal employees, is to be released early in 2019.