This program was March 2021 - June 2023 and is now closed due to funding.
VCSA was a Free Cyber Training for Northern VA Residents financially impacted by Covid.
What Is VCSA?
New Skills. New Start.
The VA Cyber Skills Academies (VCSA) provide world-class, hands-on training to candidates who want to start or expand their career in the cybersecurity field. Sponsored by the state of Virginia, this program was developed to aid its residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and help its business community meet the increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals.
Our flexible, practical training and support will fast-track you into a cybersecurity career with one of our local Northern Virginia employer partners. In addition to four-to-six-month accelerated, immersive training curricula, VCSA offers ongoing career and networking programs to introduce you into the cyber community.
VA Cyber Reskilling Academy
Free hands-on technical training and soft skills development for Northern Virginia residents with limited-to-no cybersecurity experience.
VA Cyber Upskilling AcademyFree practical training and industry certifications for qualified IT/cybersecurity professionals residing in Northern Virginia to advance their skills.
Your tuition is funded by the state of Virginia.
Work While You Learn
Flexible training schedules take weeks—not years.
Expert coaches are from top local employers.
VA Cyber Reskilling Academy
No IT experience needed
- Fast track into an in-demand career
- Hands-on skills training
- Industry-recognized, world-class instruction (SANS Institute)
- Get GIAC certified (Global Information Assurance Certification)
- Program meets federal/Department of Defense (DoD 8140) requirements that employers need
- Mentors help you identify jobs that fit your skills and goals and coach you on connecting with employers and VCSA partners
VA Cyber Upskilling Academy
For early-career IT/cyber professionals looking to advance
Increase your knowledge and earning potential
Explore new areas of cybersecurity
- Complete advanced SANS training courses
Complete the GIAC certification
Innovative, hands-on labs, and practical exercises
Gain leadership skills and boost your professional development
Questions About Other
Cyber Training Programs?
Cyber Careers Are in Demand!
The current demand for cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors is making employers scale up and out.
Interesting VarietyCyber professionals work in many different situations and with the latest technologies.
While you’ll learn best practices and principles, there’s always something new to learn and always a new opportunity to excel.
Prevent real criminals from taking advantage of your friends and family—and places like schools, businesses, and more.