RI Governor’s Workforce Board Defense Related Training

Through support of the Defense Industry Partnership, the Rhode Island Governor’s Workforce Board, has strengthened workforce development opportunities related to the Defense Industry.  This has included workforce development efforts related to maritime cybersecurity.

The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) has created a cybersecurity practicum program, which provides experiential-learning opportunities to undergraduate- and graduate-level students from Rhode Island universities. Made possible with targeted training grants from the Governor’s Workforce Board, this program has been a huge success, allowing Rhode Island’s brightest students to get the integrated training and experience they need while still pursuing their degree.

The impact of the cybersecurity practicum can be seen through the detailed experiences of the Fall semester 2013 and Spring semester 2014 interns.  These students are studying at the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, New England Technical Institute and Salve Regina University. 

The return on investment has been outstanding.  All interns who have graduated to date have found employment in the cybersecurity.  Those who will be graduating in May are already interviewing with excellent prospects for a job.

One such intern gained experience at Raytheon and the Rhode Island State Police, acquiring skills in network forensics, technical reports writing, IDS/IPS device installation, HTML coding, and many other areas.  “This experience has proven invaluable as it provided me with practical skills that are directly applicable to jobs,” said the intern. “As a result, I have updated my resume with credentials that separate me from the pack when applying to jobs.”

These types of efforts to integrate an up-and-coming skillset into relevant industries are key to making sure Rhode Island stays on the cutting edge of worker skills. Rhode Island has all the components necessary to be a national leader in maritime cybersecurity in both the private and public sector. Utilizing these components will help us cultivate a national reputation of commitment to advancing and leading with respect to maritime cybersecurity. Efforts like these will help our state gain traction in the job markets, and make us a destination for tomorrow’s engineers and technology professionals.

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