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Tech Council of Maryland Awarded Three-Year Cyber Workforce Training Grant

Rockville, Md. – (October 15, 2014) – The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM), Maryland’s largest technology trade association for life science and technology, has been awarded a three-year, $225,000 federal grant designed to help job seekers gain skills in the growing fields of cyber technology and cyber security.

The grant is part of a $15 million federal investment in the Cyber-Technology Pathways Across Maryland (C-PAM) Consortium, spearheaded by Montgomery College. The consortium, which is comprised of 14 community colleges and trade associations, aims to prepare women and other underrepresented populations for jobs in the rapidly growing cyber industry.

“With an estimated 23,000 local cyber jobs left unfilled in the National Capital region, we have a tremendous opportunity to help job seekers kick-start careers in this rapidly growing field,” said Phil Schiff, CEO of TCM. “TCM’s cyber members are second to none in their subject expertise and their desire to help train a world-class workforce. TCM is honored to partner with Montgomery College and the entire C-PAM Consortium to solidify Maryland’s reputation as a global powerhouse in cyber technology and cyber security.”

More than 40 employers, including military contractors and medical facilities, will work with the consortium to help participating community colleges align their cyber curriculum and degrees to the skills being sought by potential employers.

“The C-PAM Consortium is unique as it brings together students who gain relevant and requisite skills with Maryland's cyber-businesses, who need well-trained employees if they are to be successful in the future,” said Steve Greenfield, Montgomery College’s dean of Business, Information Technology and Safety in the department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. “Partnering with TCM will be a critical piece of our overall efforts to reach deeper into the technology and cyber business community to engage executives so they can help us to properly train future employees in Maryland."

The federal funding comes from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program and was secured with the support of Maryland’s Congressional delegation and statewide leaders. TAACCCT provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and to prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. These multi-year grants are co-administered by the Department of Labor and the Department of Education.

Learn more about TAACCT at http://www.doleta.gov/taaccct/

ABOUT THE TECH COUNCIL OF MARYLAND, INC.

The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM’s mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.