Careers built to last
There are over 20,000 IT/Cybersecurity positions unfilled in North Carolina. As our world accelerates its dependency to online services, more and more bad actors will emerge to steal data and money – the need for security professionals of character will only increase. Job growth in the industry is projected to increase by 11-13% over the next 20 years. Bottom line, a career in IT and Cybersecurity is not going away.
Step into your new career… on your terms
Maybe you are like most of our students, desiring an efficient alternative to a 4-year degree. You desire career change and growth but need a program that will fit your schedule AND your budget. At the Academy, we meet where you are and empower you with the hands-on technical, professional, and essential life skills you need to advance your career.
No need for a traditional 4-year degree
Part-time and flexible instructional hours
Option to take your course credits into a 4-year degree at Montreat College
Cost-effective education towards a high-paying job
Professional Development — Curiosity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Grit, and Discipline – the skills necessary to not only get you the job but helps you excel in it
Your modern-day trade school
The C3 Academy for Professional Development is most analogous to a trade school – but with a modern twist. Instead of stuffy curriculum with stiff lectures and standardized testing, you get hands-on experience with the tools and systems you’ll be using on the job.
Practical Knowledge and Training
Gain work-ready technical skills learned via extensive hands-on, problem-solving environments.
Certifications and Badges
Industry-recognized certificates and technology-specific badges prove technical competency, replacing the need for a 4-year degree.
Employers want more than technical skill. Hone the essential life and professional skills needed to compete and thrive in this demanding field.
Cost-effective education toward a high-paying job
The average person takes 5.2 years to obtain a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity and then graduates with an average of over $30,000 in debt. The Academy takes you from zero IT experience to cybersecurity professional in as little as 9 months at a fraction of the cost of a typical 4-year degree. As you can see, the payoff is great!
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Part-time or Full-time Instructional Hours
Whether you are ready to dive in full-time or need to work around your current employment, The Academy offers flexible programs to prepare you to advance your career.
Full-Time: This program gets you workforce-ready in 9 months. Classes are in-person on our Asheville area campus Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.
Part-Time: These virtual classes are live instructor-led and meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Students can anticipate 8 hours of live instruction and 8 hours of additional study each week. Depending on the course chosen, students will be workforce-ready in 12 to 14 months.
There are nearly TWENTY THOUSAND unfilled cybersecurity positions in North Carolina.
Options for growth
Our cybersecurity program is developed in partnership with Montreat College. Montreat is nationally recognized for its outstanding, cutting-edge cybersecurity program and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence by the NSA and DOD. All Academy courses are designed to align with the Montreat curriculum (and those of many other schools), so if you decide at some point to pursue a 4-year degree at Montreat, many of your Academy courses will count towards that degree.
Cybersecurity Training Next Session Begins Soon
Applications are now being accepted for the following upcoming cohorts: