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.

Our adult education program offers two platforms of cybersecurity training that helps prepare students for a career in cybersecurity. Our cybersecurity training is delivered online in an emulated, cloud-based environments that can accessed anywhere, and anytime. We also offer in-person training for local populations.

The first platform offers students the opportunity to earn industry level certifications through our online partnership with TestOut. Through this program, students will be offered the opportunity to earn TestOut’s Professional Certification for IT Fundamentals Pro and Security Pro. This course is internet based and has an instructor led component. Students will be able to access and study on their own and/ or will also have the ability to participate in instructor led training via zoom.

The second pathway is our Cyber Range. Through our partnership with Rangeforce. Under this platform students will be able to gain hands-on cybersecurity skills, whether you are learning for the first time or if you are already skilled and want to improve on your cybersecurity knowledge or gain new skills to remain competitive in the job market. The Cyber Range component is self-paced, and unstructured, meaning you will have access to hundreds of cybersecurity training modules. These modules can teach new skills or help strengthen what you have learned in other courses.

Adults pay $300 for access to both our Cyber Range and TestOut platforms. This money gives them access for one year, and helps to pay for the teachers and curriculum material. Middle and high schools are not charged for this same service. Courses are scheduled throughout the year and is listed on the NCC website.

Training Leading to Certification

Some of the top jobs in cybersecurity are Cybersecurity Analyst, Security Engineer, Security Architect, Penetration Tester, Security Executive, and many other skill sets that are not as well known, such as Incident handlers, Cybersecurity Researchers, and Compliance & Governance. While these jobs are very different, every one of these job positions requires the same foundational courses to get started. The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) Adult Education initiative is one of the best ways to acquire the knowledge to enter the cybersecurity industry.


Interested in finding out more about pathways to a career in IT?
Check out CompTIA’s IT Certification Roadmap 

"Many companies out there charge exorbitant fees for their training, and they fall far short of the promises they profess. After training is over, there is more concern about paying for their training than entering the job market. The National Cybersecurity Center's Cyber Education Program provides cybersecurity leadership and free or low-cost resources and education for underrepresented groups in the cybersecurity industry, such as women and people of color, as well as those interested in changing careers."

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IT FUNDAMENTALS PRO is designed to provide students with a solid foundation of IT Skills and Knowledge. Through engaging lessons and hands-on learning students will be able to learn hundreds of essential concepts in computer software, hardware, programming, databases, cybersecurity, networking, information systems, and much more. You can learn more about the course specifics here. This course prepares you for the TestOut IT Fundamentals Pro Certification and the CompTIA IT Fundamentals (FCO-U61) exam.


SECURITY PRO is designed to prepare students to perform tasks commonly performed by IT security professionals such as network and systems administrators and IT security specialists. In this course you will learn how to implement layered security through group policy objects, access control lists, wireless and wired local area network security measures, and workstation and mobile device security measures. You can learn more about the course specifics here This course prepares you for the TestOut Security Pro Certification and the CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) exam.



NETWORK PRO is designed to prepare students to perform tasks commonly performed by IT network professionals, including system admins, network admins, and network engineers. Students will learn to manage hardware and software networking components, IP configurations, set up wireless and wired networks, manage networks, and perform software updates, hardware upgrades, and manage network protocols. You can learn more about the course specifics here. This. course will prepare you for the TestOut Network Pro Certification and the ComTIA Network+ (N10-008) exam.


CyberDEFENSE PRO (103)

CyberDEFENSE PRO prepares students to defend against ever increasing attacks against traditional solutions like firewalls and antivirus software. Topics include monitoring and log analysis, threat analysis and detection, risk analysis and mitigation, incident response and compliance. You can learn more about this course here. This course prepares you for the TestOut CyberDefense Pro Certification and the CompTIA CySA+ (CS0-002) exam.



(Security+) ****THIS CLASS IS FULL

ONLINE: March 29-June 16, 2022

IN PERSON: March 28-June 17, 2022
(MON/WED 5:30-8pm MST)

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For either pathway, NCC collects an administrative fee of $250 to help cover licensing and instruction costs. There is no other cost or fees associated with the program. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at rachel.gardner@cyber-center.org.


The National Cybersecurity Center provides educational opportunities for adults that want to transition into a career in cybersecurity. 

We use the TestOut Corporation’s curriculum, one of the leading providers of cybersecurity training. The courses are internet based and include lessons, videos, labs, tests and quizzes. 

All courses lead to certification, including TestOut IT Fundamentals, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA CySA+ 

As part of your enrollment, NCC will cover the cost of your CompTIA certification if you 1) register through NCC 2) pass the exam. The cost for a CompTIA voucher by itself is over $300. 

None! Whether you are an adult who wants to change your career path, a single parent, unemployed, a military veteran, or someone that wants to learn new skills, we are excited help you through the process of starting a career in cybersecurity.  

The in-person course is held at the National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs. All out of town students will take the course online via Zoom which will also be instructor led. Both local and out of town students can participate in the online cours

  1. Instructor-led 12-week Information Technology Fundaments Pro 

  2. Upon completion of IT Fundamentals, you will receive access to Security Pro,  Network Pro, and CyberDefense Pro (in that order) 

  3. A TestOut voucher for Certification of IT Fundamentals Pro 

  4. Reimbursement for the cost of CompTIA exams (with a passing score) 

  5. Yearlong access to our Cyber Range, which includes lessons, videos, and labs in a virtual environment. With hundreds of training modules to choose from, students will be able to map their own path for a career in cybersecurity and earn digital certificates while learning the latest technology skill set. 

  1. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to addressing our nation’s critical gap in skilled cybersecurity talent, NCC receives grants and funding that allow us to offer these programs at a reduced cost.  

The NCC offers financial aid for people that meet certain requirements. These grants can be applied for while registering for the course. 

IT Fundamentals and Security Pro offer an extensive overview of different industry pathways. We are also always happy to schedule a time to discuss your options. 

RangeForce is an unstructured learning environment which contains several learning paths (SOC Analyst I, SOC Analyst II, Threat Hunter, Web Application Security, Microsoft Security Core, Secure Coding, Cloud Security, Security Management, IoT Security Practitioner, Junior Penetration Tester, MITRE ATT&CK, and Reverse Engineering) and over 700 modules. These modules include instruction in such cybersecurity essentials as Splunk, Elastic, SIEM/SOAR, and many others. 


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