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Vice President Biden announces $25 million in funding for cybersecurity education at HBCUs

The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support the creation of a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), two DOE labs, and the Charleston County (SC) School District.

The announcement was made last week by Vice President Biden at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA, as part of a roundtable discussion with a classroom of cybersecurity leaders and students. The Vice President was joined at the event by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and White House Science Advisor John Holdren.

“The rapid growth of cybercrime is creating a growing need for cybersecurity professionals across a range of industries, from financial services, health care, and retail to the US government itself,” the White House said in a statement. “By some estimates, the demand for cybersecurity workers is growing 12 times faster than the U.S. job market, and is creating well-paying jobs.”

To meet this growing need, the DOE is establishing the Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline Consortium with funding from the Minority Serving Institutions Partnerships Program housed in the agency’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The consortium is designed as a system, to create career paths and degree options through collaboration between all the partners (labs and schools), and to open the doors to DOE sites and facilities.

Norfolk State University will take the lead in the consortium. Other participants include Clark Atlanta University and Paine College (both in GA); Bowie State University (MD); North Carolina A&T State University; Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Denmark Technical College, Morris College, South Carolina State University, Voorhees College (all in SC); and the University of the Virgin Islands. Labs include Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (CA) and Sandia National Laboratories (NM).

(Photo: Vice President Joe Biden visited Norfolk State University to announce a $25 million cybersecurity education & workforce initiative. Credit: The Norfolk State University Office of Communications and Marketing.)


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