The Morris County Vocational School District in partnership with County College of Morris (CCM) is offering a new Share Time program, Cybersecurity and Information Protection (CIP), for Morris County high school students.
Students in the program will take a two-year course sequence at CCM in Randolph. The courses will focus on the technical skills and knowledge required to work in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors. Through their program studies, students will earn 39 college credits and the Comptia A+ certification.
Program coursework will include areas such as Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Security, Network Security, Software Engineering, Introduction to Unix, Visual Basic, and Ethical Hacking and System Defense.
Program partners such as the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCICC), Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and Proactive Risk have endorsed the proposed program because they believe it addresses the need for skilled employees in the cybersecurity industry. According to Cybersecurity industry experts and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is going to be a projected 28 percent growth rate in cybersecurity jobs in the next 10 years. This is a “much faster than average” growth projection.
Cybersecurity and Information Protection students have multiple pathways after completing the two-year program. They can go directly into an entry-level cybersecurity position. Graduates may transfer their 39 CCM credits to a four-year college and continue with their education. Through a partnership agreement with CCM, students may attend the college for an additional year and earn an Associate Degree in Information Technology after which they can go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year program.
All interested 10th grade students and parents are invited to learn about the program at an Information Session to be held at CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road, on Tuesday, February 6, at 6 p.m. in the Student Community Center, Davidson Room A and B. To register for the Information Session, visit: https://morriscountyvocational.eventbrite.com/.
Students in 10th grade may apply via an online application at www.mcvts.org under Admissions>Application Form> Share Time Programs tabs. Priority will be given to all applications as they are received. Applicants who successfully meet the admissions criteria will be required to attend a Shadow Session for final consideration. The application will remain open for rolling admissions until all seats are filled. Once all seats are filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
The Morris County Vocational School District (www.mcvts.org) offers programs for Morris County high school students, including Career Academies, Share Time Programs and Continuing Education programs. Share Time programs are half-day sessions providing juniors and seniors in high school the opportunity to receive daily career and technical training as part of their school program. For additional information, call the Morris County School of Technology at 973-627-4600 ext.277.