(BALTIMORE – March 28, 2017) – Northrop Grumman Corporation and Baltimore-based tech company, Digit All City entered into an agreement with the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé program to offer cyber security at Coppin State University.
The Cyber Warrior Diversity Program is designed to address three areas of concern.
Coppin State students pursing degrees in tech fields will work toward the additional certifications required by the Department of Defense for cybersecurity work. The Mentor-Protégé agreement between the three entities will increase the number of skilled African American cyber security graduates in a field that is experiencing “a shortfall in the number of qualified individuals.” Graduates of the program who meet certain criteria will be offered employment opportunities with Northrop Grumman.
“Northrop Grumman is pleased to be able to transfer know-how and experience to Digit All City and Historically Black Colleges and Universities so they can grow and develop a community of cyber warriors that will help protect our nation from cybersecurity threats,” Jaime Bohnke, vice president for global supply chain, Northrop Grumman Corporation, said in a statement released earlier this month.
Digit All City (DAC) founders, Lance Lucas and Joseph Sutton have a long history of offering opportunities in technology. For nearly two decades, DAC’s parent company, Digit All Systems, has been “bridging the digital divide and bringing the benefits of expanding technology to everyone,” according to the company’s website.
The kick-off for Coppin State University’s program is scheduled to take place Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building in room 120.
A signing ceremony among all of entities took place at Morgan State University who is also a partner in the cyber security mentor-protégé program.