Carolina Cyber Center Academy
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training you need — without the degree

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The next Cyber Defense Analyst Program Begins September 11, 2021

Ready to take the next steps towards your future? Looking for an alternative to a 4-year degree?

The Carolina Cyber Center Academy offers an affordable alternative to the college experience where you can go from having little IT experience to landing an entry level position in cybersecurity in less than a year. With hands-on technical training through real-world experiences, you will get the necessary professional and essential life skills you need to excel in a cyber career.

Your future is cyber.

When you choose a future in cybersecurity, you’re on the way to a career that is crucial to the infrastructures that keep our country running — protecting data for individuals, companies, or even the government. You’re the go-to defender. The guard. The ultimate protector of information. The hero every day.

Build your career. Enjoy the process.

Education and career decisions are big steps towards the future you.

Brand new to IT? Feel confident about an education and career path in cybersecurity. Our cybersecurity leaders, analysts, and instructors average over 25 years of hands-on industry IT and cybersecurity experience with one goal — to support you with the highest-quality training.

More importantly, our program will prepare you for your next job and help you affordably move towards a fulfilling career in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity jobs you’ll be trained for

  • Security Operations Center Analyst 1 
  • Information Security Analyst 1
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • The average entry-level salary is $55,000/year
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Curriculum and Certifications

  • IT Fundamentals (Certification: CompTIA ITF+)
  • PC & OS Essentials
  • Network Basics (Certification: CompTIA Net+)
  • Server Basics (Certification: CompTIA Serv+)
  • Scripting Basics
  • Network Countermeasures
  • Security Basics (Certification: CompTIA Sec+)

Real-life experience at your fingertips.

It’s not just about the certifications. It’s about the experience too. Certifications will get you the interview, but you need hands-on experience to land the job. C3 has curated the best cyber ranges and virtual labs to supplement your coursework, so you are ready to tackle real-world challenges. Additionally, you’ll work directly with our corporate employers, getting live hands-on training, so you walk away with the experience employers are looking for.

Affordability is our priority.

Four years at a university is expensive, and it can put a financial strain on families. We’ve made our program affordable at just $10,800 or $5,400 with a scholarship from the NC Department of Information Technology.


Cost of C3 Acadamy with NC Department of Information Technology Scholarship



Average cost of public college education

What sets C3 apart from the rest?

A successful career in cyber is supported by much more than just technical know-how. Those who rise to the top possess character traits that clearly differentiate them – and C3 ensures those traits are part of your personal toolbox.

  • Curiosity
  • Discipline
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Grit
  • Agency Under Duress

We’re proud to help our students distinguish themselves with both the technical knowledge and the character traits that will make them respected leaders in this booming industry.

Why the C3 Academy?

We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality education in cybersecurity. By leveraging the award-winning cybersecurity training curriculum of Montreat College, we are able to offer another pathway to cybersecurity that is affordable, flexible, and short-term. Montreat College has been named an Institution of Academic Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) in recognition of its prestigious cybersecurity program.

“Education is one of the greatest avenues toward life change.  Not everyone is designed for college or can afford it, so we’re excited about providing an alternative pathway towards getting an education in cyber. It’s going to be life-changing!” – Michelle Pupoh, Director of the C3 Academy

Cyber Defense Analyst Program


Begins: September 11, 2021


Apply by: September 1, 2021



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Ready to take the next step towards your career?

We’re here for you every step of the way to get you where you want to go in cybersecurity. 

Apply today for more information about the Academy and let us know how we can help you get started. We look forward to speaking with you soon!” 

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