As part of our ongoing series we are taking a look at what higher education institutions are doing around the Commonwealth to support University-Based Economic Development (UBED).
Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) has partnered with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development to develop an Analyst Boot Camp program for the intelligence community.
The 10-week, 400-hour Analyst Boot Camp is geared towards entry level intelligence workers with a bachelor’s degree. While at the boot camp students obtain Secret security clearance, and by the end of the program they can apply for Top Secret clearance.
The boot camp provides an overview of world events from an intelligence perspective, as well as coursework on the different types of intelligence. It also prepares students on all aspects necessary to complete a briefing, including gathering, analyzing and reporting on data.
Because participants get such a thorough overview of the intelligence community and can hit the ground running after graduation, PVCC estimates the program saves future employers $50,000-$80,000 per student.
The Analyst Boot Camp was developed to support the training needs of Central Virginia’s intelligence community. In particular, as part of the Base Realignment and Closure legislation, the Defense Intelligence Agency moved more than 800 jobs to Albemarle County’s Rivanna Station beginning in 2010.
To date, the Analyst Boot Camp has graduated two classes and the third class is scheduled to begin later this month. Graduates find employment in the military, intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and in cyber security fields in the private sector.
This fall the program will expand its coursework for more advanced students to include a Certified Ethical Hacker course, additional software courses, and additional homeland security and counter-terrorism courses.
PVCC’s Analyst Boot Camp is another example of the customized workforce training solutions Virginia higher education institutions offer employers across the state. To learn more about the Analyst Boot Camp or PVCC’s customized workforce training solutions, click on the highlighted links.