Cybersecurity training offered to local IT professionals


With the growing need for skilled Information Technology (IT) security or cybersecurity professionals, eligible Richmond-area IT professionals are encouraged to enroll in a training program to help them become certified and employed in the field.

Starting June 11 and running through Aug. 22, an 11-week, 99-hour training program will be offered three evenings per week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Stride Center at 1212 Broadway, Suite 400, in Oakland (just steps away from the 12th Street BART Station).

The training program aims to help IT professionals gain their CompTIA Security+, a globally trusted certification that covers the essential principles for network security and risk management. See below to learn what makes one eligible for this training program.

Along with in-depth training by experts in the fundamentals of IT network security and risk management, trainees will receive thorough test preparation for the industry-recognized CompTIA Security+ certification, extensive interview preparation, resume support, and job placement assistance.

“If you’re an IT professional with some experience who wants to catch an industry growth wave, obtaining a Security+ certification and moving your career into cybersecurity might be the right move for you,” according to the Stride Center. “As the Internet economy grows, so do the number and sophistication of cyber threats to the massive amounts of data stored globally.”

You would be eligible for this program if you:

Have High School Diploma or GED

Income level low to moderate

Are minimum 18 years old

You reside in the East Bay Area CA

Your professional goal is been self-sufficient through a Cyber-ICT career

You can legally work in USA

CompTIA Network+ Certified

OR have 2 years IT experience, and are CompTIA A+ (Any series) certified

OR did take Networking classes, and have 1-year networking experience

OR have 6 months IT experience, and are CCNA certified