Education and Training

The Commonwealth is home to many of the nation’s top-ranked universities and colleges. Over 107 cyber security programs are offered across the state at 20 public or private four-year institutions or 11 community colleges. Eight universities and three community colleges are nationally recognized as Centers of Excellence designation by the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense.

Community College Cyber Programs

The Virginia Community College System offers short term training to two-year degree programs in cyber security at 11 colleges across the state. Short term training can consist of a course that leads to a third-party industry credential such as CompTIA Security+ or CSSIP. Veterans can enroll in certificate and degree programs that usually qualify for federal financial aid or GI Bill benefits. These programs last from one semester to two years.

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Bachelors Degree Cyber Programs

Many universities and colleges around the state are meeting the workforce needs by enrolling students in cyber and IT pathways. New programs are developed every year. The bachelor degree programs range from cyber engineering and network security to digital forensics and intelligence analysis. New trends in courses around physical systems security and cryptography.

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Masters Degree Cyber Programs

With the increase in private and public funding for university research in cybersecurity, more master degree programs are being developed. Currently, Virginia has 18 master’s programs across the state which range in MBA’s with cyber specialties and data analytics with digital forensic.

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Virginia Veterans Cyber Training Pilot

This program is a public/private partnership to train transitioning service members, military spouses, reservists, National Guardsmen, and recent veterans who have foundational IT skills and want a career in cyber.

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Virginia's Community Colleges Veterans / Military Contacts

Blue Ridge Community College

Michelle Eye
(540) 453-2346

Central Virginia Community College

Tina Murphy
(434) 832-7631

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Rebecca Hise
(540) 863-2856

Danville Community College

Howard Graves
(434) 797-8443

Eastern Shore Community College

LaKeisha Jones
(757) 789-1777

Germanna Community College

Dominique Slaughter
(540) 891-3023

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

(804) 523-6464, ext. 5

Mountain Empire Community College

Lena Grace
(276) 523-2400 ext. 217

New River Community College

(540) 674-3693

Northern Virginia Community College

Takesha McMiller (703) 293-8131

Patrick Henry Community College

Rosemary Bowers
(855) 874-6692

Paul D. Camp Community College

Franklin Campus: (757) 569-6715
Suffolk Campus: (757) 925-6346

Piedmont Community College

Jackie Fisher
(434) 961-5282

Rappahannock Community College

Sherika Charity (804) 758-6737

Southside Virginia Community College

Dean Schwartz (434) 736-2100

Southwest Virginia Community College

Donna Price
(276) 964-7287

Thomas Nelson Community College

(757) 825-2909

Tidewater Community College

(757) 822-7645

Virginia Highlands Community College

Deborah Barrett
(276) 739-2460

Virginia Western Community College

Michele Hilts
(540) 857-7395

Wytheville Community College

Shauna Crosscup
(276) 223-4764

Virginia's Four-Year College Veterans / Military Contacts

Christopher Newport University

Julianna Wait,
University Registrar

Lisa Duncan Rains,

Virginia Military Institute

COL Gary Bissell,
Deputy Chief of Staff and Operations
Lexington, VA

University of Virginia's College at Wise

Ms. Becky Huffman

Ms. Narda Porter

Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephen Ross,
Director of Military Student Services

William & Mary

Patty Roberts
(757) 221-3821

Jeremy Martin

Richard Bland College of William & Mary

Janice Johnson

Tyler Hart

Norfolk State University

Wayne Ivey
(757) 823-2585

University of Virginia

Kiama Anthony,
Veterans' Affairs Coordinator

Dave Wolcott,

Virginia State University

Ross Johnson

George Mason University

Jennifer Connors
Director of Military Services

James Madison University

Bill Wilson,

Longwood University

John Miller,

Radford University

Bill Kennan,
Director, Military Resource Center

Virginia Tech

Stephanie Clements,
Veteran Affairs Coordinator

Old Dominion University

University Registrar,
Veteran Affairs Coordinator

Military Educational Benefits Team,
Veteran Affairs Coordinator

Bob Habib
Director of Military Enrollment