College celebrates growth during Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne/Warsaw’s Cyber Security / Information Assurance program is expanding its offerings. The service area was recently awarded a grant to expand apprenticeships for its nationally recognized Cyber Security program and is offering a short-term certificate that can be completed in six months or less.

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw, along with Thomas Nelson Community College and California State University Long Beach, were chosen as educational partners in a grant from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and ACCELerate to create an apprenticeship program focused on cyber security, technology, transportation, and advanced manufacturing. This grant makes almost 6 million dollars available for AAPTA to partner with employers to build and expand apprenticeship programs.

The College will work with local industry leaders to expand apprenticeships in the information technology sector. Interested companies are encouraged to contact Kaylene Smith at 260-480-4185 or

“We are excited to expand our apprenticeship offerings into Cyber Security,” says Kaylene Smith, Director of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne/Warsaw. “We see a vast potential for growth in northeast Indiana cyber security and information assurance.”

Ivy Tech’s program is already nationally recognized as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security. This designation is managed by the National Cryptologic School at the National Security Agency and is awarded to schools who:

  • Establish standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence
  • Include competency development among students and faculty
  • Value community outreach and leadership in professional development 
  • Integrate cybersecurity practice within the institution across academic disciplines
  • Actively engage in solving challenges facing cybersecurity education

To help meet local unemployment and skilled worker needs, the College is also offering a short-term Cyber Security certificate. The Security+ Certification is only two courses and prepares students to take an industry certification. It can be completed in six months or less.

Those interested in learning more about Ivy Tech’s Cyber Security / Information Assurance program should contact Kristopher Roberts at 260-480-4282 or

Anyone interested in Ivy Tech’s short-term certificate programs in general can learn more at

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