GSDC recently collaborated with the School of Public Affairs Research Institute, the Department of Computer Science and Instructional Technology, and the Department of Mathematics and Science at SCSU to submit a grant to establish the Greater St. Cloud Cybersecurity Consortium in Central Minnesota. The grant proposal brings GSDC and SCSU together with a number of regional partners (including St. Cloud Community and Technical College, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, St. Cloud, ROCORI, and Holdingford school districts, GeoComm, Microbiologics, Capital One, CentraCare Health, Marco, Netgain, and Park Industries) in establishing a connection between the schools and workforce development in cybersecurity.
If funded, the 15-month grant will be used to help develop pathways in the schools that identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed across a range of cybersecurity careers. Area firms in the Consortium will help align these pathways to regional workforce demands. Among other things, GSDC will use Greater St. Cloud JobSpot, its Coffee and Careers series, and the April 2017 Talent Summit to highlight cybersecurity opportunities in the regional workforce. GSDC will also collaborate with the grant team on collecting regional workforce data as well as making additional connections with area employers.