ACT Announces IT Security Apprenticeship Program for High School Seniors

Jeff Hoffman, President of ACT Network Solutions in Crystal Lake, IL, announced today the creation of a new IT Security Technician Apprenticeship program for high school students. The goal is to help students prepare for a career in the growing IT security market.

Hoffman said, “There are currently over 2.8 million unfilled IT technology jobs in the U.S. today. One of the key reasons for this shortage is the lack of skilled candidates to fill those positions. College graduates with IT-related degrees fill a tiny fraction of those openings and the key is to start training young Americans for those jobs earlier to prepare them for the jobs of the future. IT Security is one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry.”

The IT Security Apprenticeship program is targeted at high school students who aren’t planning to attend college after graduation but want to progress towards a career in IT. The program starts as an after-school part-time apprenticeship and combines individualized training and hands-on learning in IT security practices.

Participants will work with experienced security specialists to learn the basics of dealing with network protection, malware, and breach remediation, as well as security engineering. At the end of the one-year apprenticeship, successful participants will be qualified to earn a full-time IT Security technical position.

Hoffman went on, “Many students and parents are under the mistaken impression that a college degree is required for a career in IT, but nothing could be further from the truth. Many IT organizations prefer employees with practical hands-on professional experience for many technical positions.”

One of the key requirements of the program is that students must maintain their academic efforts in high school to remain eligible for the apprenticeship. ACT is working with local high schools to screen and qualify candidates for this apprenticeship. The pilot program will start with one participant and grow in subsequent years.

About ACT Networks
ACT Network Solutions is a 30-year old network Managed IT Security Provider that specializes in risk management, breach prevention, management, and remediation. Its focus is in the Healthcare, Legal and Accounting industries.