NuPaths will partner with the South Central PA Workforce Development Board’s (SCPa Works) Next Generation Industry Partnership and Harrisburg University to create a Cybersecurity Careers Ecosystem that addresses the lack of cybersecurity education and career pathways. They will formalize a cybersecurity career pathway using middle school technology career exploration, high school pre-apprenticeship training (with IT industry credentials), and post-high school “earn-and-learn” apprenticeships for underserved inner-city students from Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York, PA. IT apprenticeships are a new approach to talent development that are rapidly gaining momentum. Both IT employers and those heavily invested in IT are considering apprenticeship as an innovative approach to filling critical cybersecurity positions. As one of only a few cybersecurity registered pre-apprenticeship programs in Pennsylvania, NuPaths is uniquely positioned to help lead the creation of a Cybersecurity Ecosystem.
NuPaths, an IT and tech pre-apprenticeship and workforce development training provider, was co-founded by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) in 2018. Their mission is to: “Prepare our students to perform specific entry-level roles in Information Technology that are well-paying and in-demand.” In the past 4 years, a total of 452 youth and adult students have enrolled in NuPaths’ programs, earning more than 775 industry-recognized IT certifications and 1,750 college credits. Of students who successfully complete a program, 82% are employed in an IT-related apprenticeship, job, or are enrolled in a college degree program within 6 months of completing a program.
“The growing number of technology jobs shows us that new, innovative approaches like earn-and-learn apprenticeship models are needed to fill this growing need. NuPaths curriculum has been designed to directly align with the required technical skills needed by tomorrow’s IT workforce and apprentices.” -Andy Petroski, President, NuPaths
For more information, please visit www.nupaths.org.