SPC joins ‘See Yourself in Cyber’ National Partnership with HBCUs

August 31, 2022

SPC Marketing & Strategic Communications

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The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) recently announced the launch of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Career Program. Launched in partnership with top HBCUs and cybersecurity organizations – including St. Philip’s College, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Southern University, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Dell Technologies, Proofpoint, Quanta Services and Trellix – the HBCU Career Program aims to equip students with the necessary skills to navigate the search process for positions in security, privacy and risk, helping to build a pipeline of Black professionals to fill the cyber workforce gap.

Across the nation, there is a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals – with nearly 715,000 unfilled roles in the U.S. alone through April 2022. In addition, minority candidates make up only a fraction of the cybersecurity workforce with only 9% identifying as Black and 4% identifying as Hispanic. This means building bonds with underrepresented communities is not just pivotal to closing the workforce gap, but in building a more inclusive cybersecurity community.

“For the cybersecurity industry to ever reach its full potential, the industry needs to find ways of bringing diverse talent into its pipeline,” said Lisa Plaggemier, executive director at the National Cybersecurity Alliance. “This program will tackle this long-standing issue head-on by building bridges between the industry and the untapped talent pools that exist at many HBCUs today.”

St. Philip’s College is located in the nation’s second-largest cyber hub – second only to our nation’s capitol. San Antonio has a cyber industry that includes public and private companies, and medical, military and government hubs. The recent opening of a new cyber facility to support the expansion of current degree and certificate programs in cybersecurity and prepares the college, currently seeking approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), for a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity degree program.

As part of the program NCA, St. Philip’s College will collaborate on a variety of initiatives spanning from networking to interview prep. Such initiatives include:

Creating and managing mentoring programs, user profile matching and hosting 1:1 sessions.

NCA will host in-person events in the fall and spring semesters at SPC, featuring guest speakers and panel discussions with professionals and recruiters. These events will provide students with a deep dive into the cybersecurity and privacy field, including the types of career paths available, how to interview successfully, what to expect in your first professional job, and personal stories from recent HBCU graduates. 

For more information on the See Yourself in Cyber career program at SPC, visit https://alamo.campuslabs.com/engage/event/8261126.