Carolina Cyber Center Academy

Developing cybersecurity professionals and forging a more secure North Carolina


Become part of North Carolina’s next-generation workforce.

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

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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.

Big-Picture Curriculum

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.

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There are nearly TWENTY THOUSAND unfilled cybersecurity positions in North Carolina.


— CyberSeek

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.

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Cybersecurity Training Next Session Begins Soon

Applications are now being accepted for the following upcoming cohorts:

Foundations 9-month program

Recent High School graduates and young adults starting their careers.


Instructional Format: Onsite, instructor-led classes

Begins: July 12, 2021

Program Cost: $7,200 (scholarship price). $14,400 regularly

Jobs Trained for SOC Analyst I, Information Security Analyst I

Average entry-level salary in NC: $65,000

Advancement 15-month program

Current IT Professionals (Support Desk Specialist, Network Specialists, Information Security Analyst I)

Part-time, 16 hours a week, T/Th evenings and Saturday

Instructional format: 8 of 16 hours live-instructor led; virtual learning

Begins: August 7, 2021

Program Length: 14 months – 16 months (dependent on the chosen career path)

Program Cost: $8,400 - $9,600 (scholarship price). $16,800- $19,200 regularly

Jobs Trained for SOC Analyst II, Pentester, Cloud Security, and more

Foundations 12-month program

Adults desiring to transition from current career to IT/Cybersecurity

Part-time, 16 hours a week, T/Th evenings and Saturday

Instructional format: 8 of 16 hours live-instructor led; virtual learning

Begins: September 11, 2021

Program Length: 12 months

Program Cost: $7,200 (scholarship price). $14,400 regularly

Jobs Trained: SOC Analyst I, Information Security Analyst I

Average entry-level salary in NC: $65,000

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