NPower Takes Part in White House Event to Mark the End of the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint

NPower Texas Executive Director, Jonathan Pride, joined Department of Labor Deputy Secretary, Julie Su, and other key senior White House and Agency officials to mark the end of the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint at the White House.

November 15, 2002 (Washington, D.C.):  NPower Texas Executive Director, Jonathan Pride, attended an event at the White House Tuesday to represent NPower in marking the end of the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint.  The event was part of National Apprenticeship Week and the celebration of the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. There were remarks from senior White House and agency officials on the importance of Registered Apprenticeship in building a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce and the accomplishments of the Sprint. Jonathan participated in a moderated panel discussion highlighting the progress and advantages of building cybersecurity talent using Registered Apprenticeship programs.  The event concluded with a signing ceremony, all to demonstrate the overwhelming potential and success in promoting Registered Apprenticeships. 

As the demand for cybersecurity workers grows to meet the threats to our economy and infrastructure, the President of the United States is committed to seeing a more inclusive, robust, and skilled workforce to protect our personal and national interests. On July 19th at the National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit, the Administration gathered Cabinet Secretaries and major companies, including NPower, to discuss ways to improve pathways into this critical sector, and announced the start of its Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint. Tuesday marked the finish line of the Sprint, an initiative run by the U.S. Department of Labor in coordination with the White House Office of the National Cyber Director, Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Defense, and other federal agencies.

According to CyberSeek.org, the cybersecurity market grew at 2.4 times the rates of the rest of the job market in the last year. This leaves nearly 770,000 open cybersecurity positions at all career levels. The nation’s economic and national security is dependent on solving this workforce challenge and employers are turning to Registered Apprenticeships to meet this critical workforce need.

National Advanced Training Programs Graduation

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National Advanced Training Graduation Ceremony Recap 

On August 25, 2021, NPower held its first-ever national celebration for graduates of the Advanced Training Programs.

Between 2019 and 2021, over 350 students, many alumni of the Tech Fundamentals Program, went beyond the basics of IT to master either Cloud Computing or Cybersecurity in just a matter of months. Determined to advance their careers, the trainees tackled rigorous education in pursuit of industry-recognized certifications and greater opportunities in an ever-changing technological landscape.

The event kicked off with a welcome address from NPower’s Advanced Training Director, Nelson Abbott, followed by an inspiring and heartfelt keynote speech from Jessica Cowle, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Logicworks, who reinforced the professional competitive edge the graduates possessed by completing the program. Graduates David Mendez (Cloud Computing, Spring 2021) and current Senior L3 Cloud Technician at Oakhill Investments and Jena Mae Nacar-Batong (Cybersecurity, Spring 2021) and current Data Security Admin and Operator at Ocean Spray Cranberries shared the personal and professional challenges they faced on their career journeys and how NPower equipped them for success.

With local pandemic-related restrictions in place, the virtual ceremony offered the graduates from the past 7 cohorts an opportunity to not only celebrate their achievement, but also re-connect with their fellow classmates and NPower staff, near and far. Over 40 attendees joined the event’s livestream, including family members tuning in all the way from the Philippines. Congratulatory messages and well-wishes brought the event to a close.

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