Adult Education Initiative


The mission of the National Cybersecurity Center’s Adult Education Initiative is twofold; it is designed to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals in the workforce and increase the number of underrepresented groups in the cybersecurity workforce. Cybersecurity is currently one of the fastest-growing jobs in the world (ISC)². There are now over 4 million unfilled cyber jobs worldwide, and over half a million of those jobs are in North America.

Free Training Leading to Certification

The NCC offers free training that leads to certification for IT Fundamentals Pro and Security Pro. These are curriculum provided by the TestOut Corporation. If you are an adult and want to change your career path, a single parent, unemployed, a military veteran, or someone that wants to learn new skills which will enable you to secure a sustainable job of the future, fill out the form and attach your resume and cover letter to the NCC. Classes will start in January and will end in May. Slots are limited. Classes will be held in-person for Colorado Springs residents and will be conducted online for out of town residents.

This course leads to certification for IT Fundamentals Pro, and if time allows, a second certification course, Security Pro, will also be offered. If a person finishes Security Pro in the allotted time, an opportunity for a possible apprenticeship will be provided by the CyberUp organization.

For the virtual class, we will use the Zoom application. The in-person class will be held at the National Cybersecurity Center. The curriculum is online and consists of lessons, tests, labs, and videos. The course is a combination of instructor lead and self-paced. Fifteen to 20 minutes of class time will be lectures; the rest will be the lessons and the labs. The instructors will be more of a facilitator and guide than a traditional teacher. Still, instructors will be available for questions and guidance during class time and outside of class time if necessary.

The NCC will collect an administrative fee of $75 to help cover licensing and instruction costs. There is no other cost or fees associated with the program.

Students will have to spend at least as much time studying material independently as they spend in-class meetings. This course is mostly self-paced, but there is a schedule to help keep track of your progress, and the NCC will send individual weekly progress reports. Once accepted into the program, you will receive the Zoom link if you are in the virtual class.

Online Class:

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Instructor: Art Thompson
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (MST)
  • Dates: January 24 – May 26

In-Person Class

  • Instructor: Bill Blatchley
  • Every Monday and Wednesday
  • Location: NCC
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 (MST)
  • Date: January 24 – May 26

For additional information, Contact Thomas Russell at



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