20Fathoms is pleased to announce a partnership with Cisco Networking Academy to offer cybersecurity certification and expand career opportunities in Northern Michigan. The new program, called tccyber CyberOps Associate Program, begins February 3, 2021.

20Fathoms launched tccyber in September 2020 to provide workshops, networking, and career growth opportunities for cybersecurity professionals in Northern Michigan. The CyberOps Associate Program is the newest addition to the programming line-up.

The CyberOps Associate Program is for people interested in getting started on the path to a cybersecurity career. No previous experience is necessary. The 14-week program includes virtual workshops held bi-weekly, as well as optional workgroup meetings. The program curriculum is provided by Cisco Networking Academy. At the end of the program, participants will be prepared to obtain the Cisco Certified CyberOps Associate certification, an important first step to a career in cybersecurity. The cost of the program is covered in full by the MICA 2.0grant provided by Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. There is no cost for participants to attend.

The CyberOps Associate Program will be taught by Cyndi Mills, a Suttons Bay resident and member of the professional faculty at Washtenaw Community College where she teaches courses in cybersecurity, business, and information technology. “In this program, the combination of world-class curriculum designed by Cisco and hands-on practice labs will provide students with a solid foundation in which to build a path to one of the fastest growing careers,” said Cyndi.

For more information, about the tccyber Cisco CyberOps Associate visit 20fathoms.org/cisco-partnership.

tccyber is just one component of 20Fathoms increased programming to support tech professionals and workforce development in Northern Michigan. Their tccodes learning community provides regular workshops for software developers. In February, new tccodes courses begin on front-end development, back-end development, and new developer coaching. View the complete schedule at 20fathoms.eventbrite.com. In addition, through a partnership with the Center on Rural Innovation, 20Fathoms has awarded scholarships to Udacity nanodegree programs in digital marketing and business analytics through The Future is Digital Challenge.