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National CAE Cybersecurity Workforce Development Program

The University of West Florida is leading a coalition of 10 institutions designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C) to establish a nationally scalable and sustainable cybersecurity workforce program to rapidly expand the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals. The National Security Agency selected UWF to oversee the program, which is funded by a two-year, $6 million grant.

The national workforce program focuses on recruiting, preparing, and placing transitioning military and first responders into cybersecurity work roles in our nation’s Critical Infrastructure Sectors, including financial services, defense industrial base, and energy sectors.

Each coalition institution offers cybersecurity workforce pathways that prepares participants for specific cybersecurity work roles, aligned with the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework


UWF CyberSkills2Work Program Information

In 2021, UWF is offering a cybersecurity training program to prepare eligible participants for entry-level cybersecurity positions from March 1 - July 31, 2021. In 2022, UWF will offer a program similar to 2021 and an advanced program to prepare participants for more advanced cybersecurity roles. 

Visit the UWF CyberSkills2Work Program page to learn more and to apply!


Employers Interested in Hiring Program Graduates

If you are an employer interested in program graduates, please complete the interest form. Preference is for Critical Infrastructure Sector organizations, including financial services, defense industrial base, and energy sectors. There is no cost to join. We just ask you to provide input to help our program, share your job opportunities and consider hiring our graduates.


CAE-C Institutions Interested in Joining the Program

If you are a CAE-C designated institution that offers a cybersecurity workforce program or is developing one and is interested in joining the national cybersecurity workforce program, please complete the interest form. We are exploring ways to expand the program in 2022 and beyond.


Organizations and Individuals Interested in Supporting the Program

If you or your organization are interested in supporting the national cybersecurity workforce program, please complete the interest form. We welcome individuals and organizations interested in providing support to expand program support for underrepresented and underserved populations, including transitioning military and first responders, veterans, women, and minorities. We also welcome those interested in promoting and marketing the program. 


CAE-C Coalition Team 

University of West Florida (Lead Institution)

Augusta University

Dakota State University

Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso

Florida International University

Metropolitan State University

San Antonio College

University of Houston

University of South Florida – Cyber Florida

University of Texas at San Antonio


Contact Us

For additional information or questions, please contact Mónica Respondek at



This program is funded by the National Security Agency under the NCAE-C-003-2020 - NCAE-C Cyber Curriculum and Research 2020 Program.

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