Six Indigenous students graduated with job offers from the cybersecurity program created by Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) in partnership with EC-Council and CyberNB.
MARCH 19, 2022, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA: Six Indigenous students are set to enter the cybersecurity workforce after graduating from a program created by Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) in collaboration with EC-Council and CyberNB. The program’s alumni received job offers from Deloitte, McCain, and BulletProof.
The unique program was developed with the goal of transforming cybersecurity education and solving the sector’s significant talent shortage. Shortly after the program’s inception, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, forcing CCNB and JEDI to quickly reinvent the program to tackle the obstacles posed by the global crisis and prepare students for a post-pandemic job market.
In response to the need for a new paradigm in cybersecurity instruction, CCNB formed an academic partnership with EC-Council, which provided educational materials for students to use when remote learning was required. Cybersecurity nonprofit CyberNB’s work was also crucial in finding employers interested in hiring students for internships and coordinating interviews and recruitment.
The blended teaching method prepared students well for their 30-week remote internships with their future employers. All graduates received employment offers from their respective internship employers, testifying to the students’ determination, commitment, and ability to adapt to the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic. “We are extremely proud to be partnered with CCNB to help influence the cybersecurity workforce in New Brunswick and Canada,” said Wesley Alvarez, Director of Academics at EC-Council. “The active involvement of CCNB, JEDI, and CyberNB has created lasting results for these initial six students, and we look forward to future cohorts this year. We encourage more employers to explore cybersecurity internships with CCNB to nurture new perspectives and talent in the field as internship hiring continues to thrive.”
While these talented graduates have already found placements, a new cohort will be seeking internships beginning in spring 2022, with another session potentially beginning between spring and fall 2022. Employers interested in hiring an intern through this initiative and Indigenous students interested in joining the program are encouraged to contact Ian Daly, Project Coordinator at JEDI: [email protected]
The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) is a first-rate francophone post-secondary learning institution. It brings together five campuses located in Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston, and the Acadian Peninsula. Each campus provides high-quality educational services and training and values the importance of a skilled, well-trained workforce that responds to changing job demands. While the CCNB offers the vast majority of its programs and services in French, most campuses also deliver several programs in the English language.
The Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) is a leading Indigenous organization dedicated to working with partners to foster Indigenous economic development in New Brunswick. Founded in 1995 as a tripartite partnership, JEDI provides its clients with various indigenous business and workforce development services. JEDI serves Indigenous people across New Brunswick and works closely with partners in the public and private sectors.
CyberNB was founded in 2016 to fill a crucial gap in Canada’s cybersecurity ecosystem, providing a single overarching organization working on behalf of all stakeholders. Since then, they have developed an extensive national and international network of partners and collaborators in business, government, and academia. A dynamic nonprofit, they are a connector and multiplier for the collective advancement of Canada’s booming cybersecurity sector
EC-Council’s sole purpose is to build and refine the cybersecurity profession globally. Our core mission is to help organizations, educators, governments, and individuals address global workforce problems by developing and curating world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications while providing cybersecurity services to some of the largest businesses around the world. EC-Council is trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, 47 of the Fortune 100, the Department of Defense, global intelligence communities, NATO, and more than 2,000 of the best universities, colleges, and training companies. EC-Council programs are available in more than 140 countries and set the bar in cybersecurity education.
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