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Radford University to offer cybersecurity programs at New College Institute

IMPACT Executive Director Matt Dunleavy was joined by Radford University President Brian O. Hemphill and staff in the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab to celebrate the program’s partnership with New College Institute’s Executive Director Leanna Blevins and Assistant Director of Academics and Communications Melany Stowe. (left to right)

MARTINSVILLE – Radford University will partner with New College Institute (NCI) to provide cybersecurity programs in the fall of 2018 with exclusive opportunities onsite at NCI to prepare working professionals for multiple cyber defense certifications. Radford University’s cybersecurity program, Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training, or IMPACT, was designated in 2016 as a Center of Academic Excellence in cyber defense by both the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

“This is another momentous day for us,” said Matt Dunleavy, IMPACT Executive Director. “All of this is a manifestation of President Hemphill’s vision. With today’s celebration of our newest partner, we take another step forward in his vision of a highly innovative university serving our community’s workforce development needs.”

IMPACT is a competency-based education (CBE) program that is training working professionals for high-demand professions in cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence and education throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The IMPACT program is a competency-based education model, which focuses on teaching specific job-related skills that are needed to perform critical cyber defense tasks for companies. The program will primarily be delivered online in a self-paced manner along with onsite seminars at NCI. Participants will earn 18 credit hours within twelve months. IMPACT faculty will also prepare participants for multiple industry-recognized cyber defense certifications including: CompTIA Security+, CISCO CCENT, CompTIA Network+, SANS GCIH (Certified Incident Handler), SANS GPEN (Pen Tester), and CISSP.

NCI is also providing an option via Radford University for teachers and professionals; a four-credit course in cyber defense. The content is aligned with CISSP certification and participants have twelve months to complete the program.  

“We are committed to partnerships like this that connect best practices in higher education to industry needs.  By working with our local chamber of commerce and other regional workforce partners, we are able to significantly the reduce the costs for companies,” said Leanna Blevins, NCI Executive Director.

Approximately 78 million cyberattacks were launched against companies or local governments within the commonwealth last year, according to state data. In 200 of those cases, a data breach was reported. An estimated 36,000 jobs are open in cybersecurity across 650 companies within the state.

IMPACT classes will begin at NCI September 1. An information luncheon will be provided at NCI Wednesday, July 11 from 12 to 1. Representatives from the IMPACT program will review the program and answer questions. Representatives from the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board will also be in attendance to review options for employer reimbursement for the IMPACT program. The luncheon is free, but RSVPs are required. Please contact Ruby Jones at 276-403-5605 or

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