OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University is launching a new program for students pursuing graduate degrees in computer and information security. The Talent Ready Cybersecurity and IT Infrastructure Apprenticeship program aims to help students improve their skills and obtain technical training.
Students will interact with WSU instructors and business professionals while gaining experience executing real-world cybersecurity and cybersecurity responsibilities. The program also allows students to get paid as they complete their academic studies.
« There is a huge demand for cybersecurity and IT professionals due to the daily increase in cyberattacks around the world, » said Brian Rague, associate dean of WSU’s College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology. « Graduates in this field will have a wide range of job opportunities in various companies. »
Rague said the importance of data security and consistent operational integrity is rapidly increasing in industries such as healthcare, utilities, aerospace and defense procurement.
Students who apply to and are accepted into the program are then interviewed to determine which technology company is the best fit for them.
“This program is very engaging for our trainees,” said Rague. « One of the benefits is that students get guidance from professionals already in the field and receive on-the-job training. »
The program will last two years and can fund 65 students. Applications for the program are accepted on an ongoing basis.
The steps to apply for the apprenticeship opportunity are provided on the Utah Tech Apprenticeship Program website.