Your New Cyber Career Awaits!
Little-to-No IT/Cyber Experience Needed
Join one of the fastest-growing professional fields and launch your new career in cybersecurity today.
Cybersecurity skills are in demand now more than ever. Almost every organization needs to protect itself from cybercriminals. This 8-week program provides the practical skills in computers, technology, and security fundamentals needed to launch your career in cybersecurity.
The Best Way to Get Started in a New Career
Earn up to 3 Cyber Certificates for Free!
Benefits of VCSA
- Free Training
Your tuition is funded by the state of Virginia.
- Work While You Learn
Flexible training schedules take weeks—not years.
- Professional Mentors
Major area employers are involved.
- Resident of Northern Virginia
- U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)
- Limited or no cyber/IT experience (Experienced applicants should apply to the Upskilling Academy.)
- Financially impacted by COVID-19
Sample Job Titles of Graduates
SOC Analyst (Tier I and II)
Information Security Analyst
Junior System Administrator
Junior Security Engineer
Incident Response Analyst (Tier I)
Reskilling Academy Core Curriculum
The Reskilling Academy consists of self-paced online courses that allow students to work while learning. Students have 8 weeks per course to complete the training and earn the associated certification. The total program time is 6 months.
Click the course titles below to view the course descriptions.
SANS Foundations: Computers, Technology, & Security
Security Essentials Bootcamp (GSEC Certification)
Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling (GCIH Certification)
Academy Application Process
Step 1. Submit Application
To start, apply here. After submission, you will be instructed to create a SANS account. Return to the confirmation page to start the online application through the SANS portal. After submitting the application, we will send you a CyberTalent Assessment to be completed within 3 days.
Step 2. Interview
Selected candidates will be asked to submit additional documentation and be invited to a one-on-one virtual interview.
Step 3. Candidate Selection & Notification
An Advisory Board will review the candidate’s application and all submitted information. Selected candidates will be notified.