National Student Clearinghouse and iQ4 Awarded 1st Place in PESC’s 18th Best Practices Competition
Industry, Higher Education Partnership Generates Verified Workforce-Ready Graduates
National Student Clearinghouse and iQ4 were recently honored as 1st Place Winners of PESC’s 18th Annual Best Practices Competition for its submission, “Extending the Capacity of Higher Education to Scale the Output of Verified Workforce-Ready Graduates.”
The goal of the initiative is to scale technology risk and cybersecurity skills training through a financial, industry-driven coalition, the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA). The Alliance originally formed in 2015 with iQ4, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the State University of New York, University at Albany, SUNY, eight senior cybersecurity executives, now has more than 500 members.
From left to right: Michael Sessa, President & CEO of PESC; Peter Meehan, Head of International and Partnerships of iQ4; Doug Falk, Chief Information Officer of the National Student Clearinghouse; and Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
“This is a next generation solution that is showing real results,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse. “Determining industry and job profile standards are at the heart of this initiative along with the platform itself, enabling workforce and education to collaborate. The result is a demonstrable closing of the skills gap. The National Student Clearinghouse and iQ4 are very honored to be recognized.”
CWA members virtually mentor the college student workforce in solving scenario-based cybersecurity business problems to accelerate awareness, experience readiness and scale the student workforce, so they are more attractive to hire and provide almost immediate value to the private sector by improving a company’s technology and security capabilities globally.
“Determining industry and job profile standards are at the heart of this initiative along with the platform itself, enabling workforce and education to collaborate. The result is a demonstrable closing of the skills gap.”
President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse
Students from public higher education institutions can now graduate with a combined academic and workplace skills portfolio, captured in a co-curricular transcript, and are landing career-inspired jobs, having no prior background or experience, with companies that have never hired from those institutions before.
“We are pleased at the University at Albany, SUNY to be working with our partners on this virtual internship in this cybersecurity project-based course,” said James Stellar, Interim President, University at Albany, SUNY. “It inspires our students to work hard and learn in a powerful way that builds on their academic curriculum to get them work-ready before graduation. The documentation in the iQ4 platform of the skills learned adds a critical component and the partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse provides authenticity, access, and scale. From my perspective in higher education, this work is transformational and the PESC award recognizes that.”