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Cybersecurity Workforce Development 

Purdue University Northwest in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), is establishing a pilot Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Cybersecurity certification based national training program for transitioning military, first responders and other adult trainees.

This project is supported by National Security Agency (NSA) Grant #H98230-20-1-0351.

Since 2012, Ivy Tech Community College has been a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education (CAE-2Y) designated jointly by the NSA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Introducing Highly Qualified Professionals into the Cybersecurity Workforce

This program will offer Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Cybersecurity training with online delivery to transitioning military, first responders, and other adult trainees free of charge. Successful completion of the program will offer participants the opportunity to earn three Industry and Government recognized certifications through examination as well as gain pathways to pursue degree programs at participating institutions.

There are 3 training tracks offered through the program:
  • Cybersecurity - System Administration
  • Cybersecurity - Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity - Digital Forensics

Topics include Windows and Linux computer technologies, cloud technology, network, python programming, cybersecurity fundamentals, ethical hacking, hardware security, computer and mobile forensics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The program consists of 8 weeks learning with 5 instructional hours per week and 2 weeks for certification preparation and examination.


The program is open to all adult learners interested in AI-cybersecurity job transitioning and upskilling with priority given to transitioning military and first responders.

Registration requires:

  • Proof of citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Education records (high school diploma or higher)
  • Military Service/First Responder service history (to receive priority registration)


Rami Salahieh
Asst. Prof./Program Chair,
Cyber Security & Information Assurance
Valparaiso Campus
Ivy Tech Community College 

Matthew Cloud
Asst. Prof./Department Chair, Associate Dir. Cybersecurity Grants
School of Information Technology and Criminal Justice - Lake County Campus
Vice Chair Computer Science Statewide
Ivy Tech Community College