Five nonprofit organizations have received approximately $1 million in total grants from theÂ National Institute of Standards and TechnologyÂ to forge partnerships that seek to address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in local communities.
NIST said Tuesday the Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to StimulateÂ grants are part of the Commerce Departmentâs Skills for Business initiative and will be administered by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.
Awardees will use the RAMPS grants to help advance cybersecurity education, workforce development and training efforts in order to meet theÂ needs for cyber professionals within their respective regions.
Grant recipientsÂ include:
- Chicanos Por La Causa – Southwest Region – $199,808
- Old Dominion University – Mid-Atlantic Region – $199,883
- Pikes Peak Community College – Western Region -$199,681
- Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education â Central RegionÂ – $198,759
- State University of New York at Albany – Northeast Region – $197,085
The organizations will sign cooperative agreements with NIST to carry out their RAMPS projects over a period of 15 months and will offer details about their projects at the two-day NICE conference that will start on Nov. 1 in Kansas City, Missouri.