San Antonio Center of Excellence for Secure Software (CICESS-SA)
The Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software – San Antonio (CICESS-SA) apprenticeship program is a collaboration of San Antonio employers, the Alamo Community College, which serves as the academic coursework provider, and Project QUEST Inc., a non-profit economic development organization providing program administration support.
The CICESS-SA initiative combines academic theory and work experience to train a globally competitive workforce in developing software that is secure from cyber-attacks by:
- Using industry-defined competencies and requirements as well as a standardized curriculum to create highly-skilled, capable, and readily employable graduates.
- Creating an accredited program, in which students receive competency-based certifications along with an associate degree and other certifications.
- Offering an economically feasible pathway to education in which employers provide tuition reimbursement and an increasing hourly wage for the duration of the training and apprenticeship.
- Allowing companies to “grow their own” employees and ensure their own professional competency standards by being directly involved in the training and skills formation process.
Workforce Trained, Apprenticed, Mentored, and Certified
- Better match between secure software development jobs and skills
- High success rate in sourcing qualified candidates with the proven capabilities and competencies required for secure software development
- High retention rates of skilled workers
- Proven successful work-based learning model tailored to augment existing skills formation models to meet requirements defined by the industry
Job Seeker Benefits
- Income earned while achieving competencies and certifications
- Significantly improved chances of employment within the training firm upon program completion