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IT/Cybersecurity jobs are not going away.

The Carolina Cyber Center Professional Development Program is designed to strengthen knowledge and understanding of IT and cybersecurity, while being trained under simulated conditions, and supervised by skilled professionals in the industry. Based in Western North Carolina, our program focuses on competency training to reduce education costs and save precious time. The core training program utilizes an emphasis on character and relationship to develop skills across a wide range of disciplines.

Our 12-month program is divided into sections allowing students to enter the program based on their current knowledge and experience, and exit program based on career desires and needs. Our occupational training includes Computer User Support Specialist, Computer Network Support Specialist, Network and Computer Systems Administrator, Computer Systems Analyst, and Information Security Analyst.


Why Western North Carolina?
Cyber leaders are in high demand…

In North Carolina, there are more than 20,000 unfilled job openings with a defined need for cybersecurity skills. At a national level, the number of unfilled cyber jobs jumps to more than 300,000. Regionally, businesses have great need of IT professionals with the training and expertise in cybersecurity. Our Professional Development program is designed to give you a strong foundation in IT, and give you the skills necessary to excel in cybersecurity.

Cyber threats are growing rapidly with no signs of slowing down. With a need to increase cyber hygiene nationwide, we provide cybersecurity training and resources for the state of North Carolina and the region to help develop experts to become cyber leaders and improve the skills of existing cyber professionals.

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This program prepares you for high-demand careers such as…

01. Computer User Support Specialist
Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

02. Computer Network Support Specialist
Analyze, test, troubleshoot, and evaluate existing network systems, such as local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network systems. Perform network maintenance to ensure networks operate correctly with minimal interruption.

03. Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. Other possible duties: Monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. Assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. Supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. Administer network security measures.

04. Computer Systems Analyst
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

05. Information Security Analyst
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.


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Everything you want to know.

What if I want to earn a four-year degree later?

A college degree is quite valued in the workforce, therefore, we ensure a portion of your course work at the Carolina Cyber Center will apply towards credit at Montreat College and elsewhere.

How long does the program last?

That depends on you. Our program is built so that an student can enter in the program based on their prior skill and experience, and exit based on their career goals and needs. The program will take you approximately 12 months to complete. You can always exit the program at any time and find a job equal to your training.

What skills are learned in Carolina Cyber Center Professional Development Program?

You will learn all of the technical skills necessary for roles as Computer User Support Specialist, Computer Network Support Specialist, Network and Computer Systems Administrator, Computer Systems Analyst, and Information Security Analyst.

You will also learn the essential life skills important to land the job and grow your career. These include communication skills, collaboration, grit, critical thinking, and professional skills like resume building and interviewing.