Continuing Education Institute, Iraq, Partners with EC-Council to Provide C|CT Scholarship Program Worth $3.5 Million

Two global leaders in cybersecurity training and certification come together to boost cybersecurity workforce development in Iraq through a career initiative scholarship program.

TAMPA, Fla. (March 7, 2023) – The Continuing Education Institute (CEI), a leading education provider in Iraq, and EC-Council, a global cybersecurity training and certification provider, have collaborated to offer the $3.5 million Certified Cybersecurity Technician (C|CT) scholarship program to address the critical cybersecurity workforce gap. Under this partnership, competent individuals in Iraq will be trained and equipped for entry-level cybersecurity positions.

The C|CT program is an entry-level cybersecurity certification that is globally recognized and provides individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to secure critical information assets. As an accredited training partner of EC-Council, CEI aims to equip Iraq’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals with the necessary hands-on skills to address the growing need for cybersecurity experts in Iraq and the Middle East. The partnership will enable CEI to provide its students with world-class training and credentials that will enhance their employability and contribute to the development of Iraq’s cybersecurity industry.

“We are delighted to partner with CEI and support Iraq’s cybersecurity industry development,” said Jay Bavisi, President and CEO of EC-Council. “The C|CT certification provides a robust foundation for individuals interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, and we are confident that the C|CT scholarship initiative will create a new generation of cybersecurity professionals with hands-on multi-domain skills in Iraq.”

The scholarship program covers the tuition cost of the C|CT certification exam and courseware for eligible CEI students. The program is open to high school students, university students, and working professionals who want to join this industry or who want to switch their career paths.

About CEI

The Continuing Education Institute (CEI) at the American University of Iraq-Baghdad (AUIB) is a gateway to the corporate world and an education provider for working professionals. CEI works closely with all AUIB Colleges and other organizations and experts to build seminars, workshops, courses, and special programs, awarding diplomas and certificates.

About EC-Council

EC-Council’s sole purpose is to build and refine the cybersecurity profession globally. At the core of its mission is helping organizations, educators, governments, and individuals address global workforce problems by developing and curating world-class cybersecurity education programs and certifications while also 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 U.S. Department of Defense, global intelligence communities, NATO, and more than 2,000 of the world’s best universities, colleges, and training companies. Their programs have made their way to 140 countries and have set the bar in cybersecurity education.

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