The signing ceremony for the Cyber Warrior Diversity Program was held in the Graves School of Business and Management on February 23rd. Northrop Grumman Corporation and Digit All City were approved by the Defense Contract Management Agency to provide training to Morgan and Coppin students in Computer Networking and Security, leading to eventual certification in A+, Network+, and Security+. The training is of no cost to the student.
There is a tremendous shortfall in number of qualified individuals with skill sets in Computer Networking and Security. Moreover, the number of African-Americans with these qualifications is even smaller. The certifications from this program will enable our students to be hired in high-paying jobs. Northrop Grumman will provide career opportunities for graduating seniors that complete the program, provided they meet the background checks requirements.
It is the first such program for an HBCU. Northrop Grumman Executives, MSU leadership, Students, Coppin State University administrators, Maryland PTAC executives were present for the signing ceremony. Senator Barbara Robinson and representatives from various government agencies were in attendance.
These sets of three workshops will be held in the Graves School of Business Networking/Security Simulation Lab, enabling at least 20 MSU students from various departments to participate in the fully funded workshops, at no cost to the students.