September 2014 (Albany, New York) – The National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College today announced an educational agreement with LifeJourney™, an online career simulation experience. Through the partnership, NCI will be able to offer students interested in cybersecurity careers life-like exposure to the skills and demands of particular cyber-related career pathways by living through a “day in the life” simulation of various cybersecurity professionals.
“Both the National Cybersecurity Institute and LifeJourney are committed to meeting a critical national need for highly-trained, seasoned cyber professionals and that begins with building a workforce pipeline,” said Dr. Jane LeClair, COO at NCI. “Through the extensive learning resources and webinars offered via the NCI and the LifeJourney mentoring program, we will be able to educate interested students on what it takes to succeed in the field.”
Reading, writing, mathematics and basic social skills are all part of a public education. Yet, there is a major gap in the digital education. While students go through various courses that teach them basic computer program training, they are not being taught about cyberthreats.
LifeJourney allows students to learn directly from top industry professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields (STEM) who work at a diverse array of startups, midsize and Fortune 500 firms. The simulated experiences include video, interactive Q&A and skill building experiences. To enroll, individuals must register via the NCI Website.
NCI anticipates high demand for the experiences from Excelsior College students, individuals enrolled in either of NCI’s free courses, and community college/high school students interested in pursuing cybersecurity careers.
“Bringing the cyber security discussion into the classroom can be the spark that leads some students to seek out more advanced education, training and certifications on their way to careers in cyber security,” said Rick Geritz, LifeJourney CEO. “The LifeJourney program enables students to ‘test-drive’ cyber security careers online and shows the relevant sources offered at Excelsior College and at Execlsior’s National Cybersecurity Institute, that are important to attaining that particular career and the initial knowledge needed to understand how to achieve the required certifications to get a jump into this rapidly expanding job sector.”
The National Cybersecurity Institute is dedicated to assisting government, industry, military and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology and education through a variety of initiatives.
Excelsior College http://www.excelsior.edu is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
LifeJourney is a technology company whose online career simulation and mentorship platform enables students to explore and discover future cyber and IT career opportunities by living a day in the life of America’s STEM professionals.
LifeJourney™ is an online career simulation experience that empowers students and individuals to test-drive future career opportunities relating to STEM and gain exposure to the skills they’ll need to achieve the future they want