Ruppersberger, Sanchez to Promote New Program to Train Future Cyber Workers


Program readying Maryland for thousands of cyber jobs heading to I-95 corridor

GLEN BURNIE, MD (March 24, 2011) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander Sanchez today promoted a new program to train future cyber workers, readying the state for thousands of technical jobs heading to the I-95 corridor. The new program, called the “Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers Consortium,” is operated by the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation with a $4.9 million federal grant. The program aims to provide 1,000 new, dislocated or underemployed workers and recently separated veterans with the training they need to land jobs in the cyber industry.

The cybersecurity industry is projected to grow 41 percent in the next 8 years, but is facing a critical shortage of workers. To jobseekers, the program provides career counseling, occupational training and certification as well as job placement assistance. To local businesses, it provides pre-screened cyber professionals, hiring incentives and tax credits.

“Maryland is poised to become the cyber capital of the world and we must prepare a pipeline of qualified workers,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “These are high-quality, high-paying careers that will help strengthen our local economy and our national security. In this tough economy, I believe it is more important than ever to provide Marylanders with the skills they need so they can go back to work.”

“In order to compete in the new economy, we need to build the best-equipped and most highly-trained workforce. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership and because of the partnerships state government has forged with Congressman Ruppersberger and the rest of our federal delegation, Maryland has made the necessary investments in our human capital to recover more quickly than other states,” Secretary Sanchez said. “Cybersecurity and BRAC will create tens of thousands of jobs in Maryland. Partnerships like the Pathways to Cybersecurity Careers Consortium, the Skills2Compete initiative and other investments in workforce development are creating a strong workforce for the future.”

Congressman Ruppersberger and Secretary Sanchez promoted the program at the Maryland One-Stop Career Center in Glen Burnie, which has been providing jobseekers with the tools necessary to find a job in today’s economy. These include Internet access, resume-writing help, an array of workshops, and free faxing, copying and telephone use. The center has seen a spike in clients since the recession began.

“The purpose of the Anne Arundel Career Centers is to provide businesses with a skilled workforce that meets the demands of our regional economy,” said Kirkland J. Murray, President and CEO of Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation. “Occupational training opportunities, such as the Pathways to Cybersecurity program, give jobseekers the edge they need to be marketable in today’s job market and get back to work.”