Cybersecurity Students Earn Industry Certification

Students at Holt High School recently passed their Introduction to Cybersecurity Certification (by Cisco Academy). This is the first of several professional certifications that students will have the opportunity to earn in Aaron Smith’s Cybersecurity program.

Cybersecurity opportunities exist in the professional fields such as finance and insurance, technical services, information technology, and the health industry. Job growth is expected to be 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Demand for skilled workers is high, and the need to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing information is driving an estimated shortage of 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022.

Holt Public Schools is adapting to meet that demand through our new Career Technical Education (CTE) Cybersecurity program that provides students with an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skill and career-building program, and students will have the opportunity to earn a Cisco CCNA Security Certification through their coursework. This certification can lead to a career in high-wage high-demand occupations like (but not limited to) network security engineer, information security analyst, and security operations center engineer.

“Offering flexible programming options for our students is a priority for Holt Public Schools,” said Lucas Schrauben, director of secondary programs. “Building programs of study that align students with careers that are in high demand for the next generation is intentional. Aaron Smith’s Cybersecurity program hits the mark. Students are on a fast track to opportunities through this program! That is a win for everyone in our learning community.”