C-CAP

Colorado Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program

Fast track your career in cybersecurity with C-CAP.

The Colorado Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program (C-CAP) provides aspiring cybersecurity professionals with the academic and skills-based knowledge to successfully pursue a career in cybersecurity. Through a series of industry-aligned college courses, boot camps, and on-the-job learning, students will be fully equipped to success in one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation. Concurrently, cybersecurity organizations will benefit from a steady pipeline of highly skilled workforce talent, allowing employers to sufficiently recruit, train, and retain the top cybersecurity professionals.

Due to the increase in demand for cybersecurity talent, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded UCCS a grant to Principle Investigator Dr. Gurvirender Tejay to train workers for mid-level and advanced-level cybersecurity roles. C-CAP has adopted the front-loaded model, which allows students to first complete Related Training Instruction (RTI) consisting of all required coursework and boot camps. Upon satisfactory performance during RTI, the C-CAP team will then facilitate introductions with potential employers which may lead to on-the-job learning opportunities.

 

Program Benefits

NSA Designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Colorado Springs is home to over 125 cyber-related companies, five military installations, the National Cybersecurity Center and is consistently recognized as one of the nation's top cities for cybersecurity management professionals. C-CAP is meeting the needs of a rapidly growing industry, both in Colorado Springs and across the U.S. 

Certificate in Cybersecurity Management

Students who complete any of the offered program options (listed below) will receive an undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity management. The Boot Camps (CCS, CCSP, CEH, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CySA+, GCIA, GCIH, and SSCP) will prepare students for industry-recognized certifications aligned with their occupation. 

100% Online

The program is offered completely online. Students will learn from internationally-recognized faculty with real-world experience in the cybersecurity industry. This program is administered through the UCCS College of Business, which holds a AACSB accreditation.

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Cybersecurity Analyst Apprenticeship Program

    Focuses on training students for Cybersecurity Analyst role. Students will be required to complete three courses and associated bootcamps on industry recognized certifications. Upon completion, participants will be awarded a UCCS Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management. After completing 2000 hours of On-the-Job learning, students will be recognized with a Certificate of Completion of C-CAP Cybersecurity Analyst Program. The participants may apply 12 credits earned towards B.S. in Business with emphasis in Cybersecurity Management or Information Systems.

    Courses:

    • Managing Network Interconnections (INFS 2510)
    • Introduction to Cybersecurity Technologies (CYSM 3500)
    • IT Risk Management (CYSM 4100)
    • Topics in Cybersecurity Management (CYSM 3950)

    Industry Certification Bootcamps:

    • Cyber Security Analyst (CySA)
    • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GIAC-CIH)
    • Associate Risk Management Professional (ARMP)

    +

    On-the-Job Learning

    • 2000 hours of On-the-Job learning
  • Cybersecurity Penetration & Vulnerability Tester Apprenticeship Program

    Will train students for Penetration & Vulnerability Tester role. Students will be required to complete three courses and associated bootcamps on industry recognized certifications. Upon completion, participants will be awarded a UCCS Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management. After completing 2000 hours of On-the-Job learning, students will be recognized with a Certificate of Completion of C-CAP Penetration & Vulnerability Tester Program. The participants may apply 12 credits earned towards B.S. in Business with emphasis in Cybersecurity Management or Information Systems.

    Courses:

    • Managing Network Interconnections (INFS 2510)
    • Introduction to Cybersecurity Technologies (CYSM 3500)
    • Ethical Hacking (CYSM 4500)
    • Topics in Cybersecurity Management (CYSM 3950)

    Industry Certification Bootcamps:

    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
    • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GIAC-CIA)

    +

    On-the-Job Learning

    • 2000 hours of On-the-Job learning

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gurvirender Tejay (gtejay@uccs.edu)

Co-principal Investigator: Dean Karen Markel (kmarkel@uccs.edu)  

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor by Grant #HG-34411-20-60-A-8