Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington won $40,000 in a “Pitch for the Skilled Trades” competition to build a Cyber Range on campus. The funds were awarded at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Annual Conference on October 31 in Nashville, Tenn.

“Pitch for the Skilled Trades” is a competition for faculty, staff, administrators, and presidents from NACCE member colleges to present to a panel of judges for funding. Winners demonstrate the greatest economic impact on the local level relative to jobs supported.

The Cyber Range will enable Ivy Tech Bloomington to provide simulation cybersecurity training in a safe environment, run live team exercises, optimize tech stack and security processes, and foster collaboration among information technology students.

Funds will be used to purchase hardware and software to set up the Cyber Range on campus in the Smithville Center for Computing and Informatics.

Ivy Tech Bloomington enrolls 190 cybersecurity students per year and partners with 55 local businesses and industries to ensure a strong workforce pipeline. The program is currently enrolling for classes that start January 16, 2024. For Hoosiers who have not earned a college credential, training classes could be free with Next Level Jobs.

Ivy Tech Bloomington offers more than 40 career and four-year transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quick entry and graduation. To get started, apply for free online at ivytech.edu/bloomington, call 812-330-6013, or email askBloomington@ivytech.edu. For information on free, short-term training programs at Ivy Tech Bloomington, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/NLJ.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.