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New TCC cybersecurity certificate coming this summer

Tidewater Community College will launch a new cybersecurity certificate beginning with its summer session 2020.

The Career Studies Certificate in Cyber Security and Networking Foundations will introduce students to information technology concepts and skills so they will be able to recognize, prevent and defend against threats to information and information systems.

Students will learn about operating systems, computer hardware, networking concepts, cybersecurity and programming. The 20-credit certificate includes core IT courses that are mapped to CompTIA industry certifications and cybersecurity apprenticeships.

The certificate is the first step toward an associate degree and fits the bill for  Gov. Ralph Northam’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, which will provide financial support to cover tuition, fees and books for eligible students at community colleges in Virginia.

“This certificate is a great vehicle for students who are looking to get started and attain CompTIA industry certifications such as A+, Network+ and Security+,” said Bill Clement, dean of computer science and information technology. “The program can also provide a streamlined approach for companies looking to provide education for employees, particularly for those interested in the cybersecurity apprenticeship.

With the completion of the certificate, students are prepared for work as computer user or network support specialists, earning $25 per hour or more than $50,000 annually, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

TCC’s cybersecurity programs are offered on the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses.

Summer classes begin on May 18. For information on enrollment, call 757-822-1111 or email