VT cybersecurity program launches nationwide, hopes to fill job gap

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Virginia Cyber Range is going national.

The cybersecurity program, now named US Cyber Range of Virginia Tech, will provide training and hands-on learning to schools across the entire country.

“It’s one of those things,” said David Raymond, director of Virginia Cyber Range.

“You have to educate students when they’re in high school. If they’re not exposed to it in high school, a lot of students by the time they get to college, they already know what they’re going to do.”

The program has been available in Virginia for over two years, and Raymond says the positive feedback inspired them to take it nationwide.

He hopes the program will encourage students to take full-time jobs in cybersecurity, and help fill the job nationwide job gap.

“The hope is that that will increase the number of college students studying cybersecurity and then help fill these open jobs.”

According to Raymond, more than 30,000 jobs are unfilled in Virginia with another 300,000 unfilled nationwide.

The hands-on training is now available to more than 200 schools nationwide.

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