Cybersecurity Credentials at SWCC

Earn nationally recognized cybersecurity credentials at SWCC

Cybersecurity credentials are in high demand for career advancement for current IT professionals, and are also beneficial for individuals across a variety of jobs and organizations. A recognizable cybersecurity credential will enhance a resume and attract the attention of hiring personnel. A recent SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security) survey reported salary increases of up to 5% for employees who gained a cybersecurity credential or certification.

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The Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate offers all coursework online – tuition assistance is available through the Workforce Credentials Grant for Cybersecurity Credentials. Contact to learn about enrollment and coursework available.

Professionals with Cybersecurity Credentials are in demand

According to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, seventeen thousand (17,000) cybersecurity jobs are currently unfilled in the Commonwealth of Virginia with average salaries of $88,000.  McAuliffe said, “Most of these jobs do not require four-year degrees; therefore, it positions Southwest Virginia Community College to provide training opportunities for individuals interested in a career in cybersecurity.”

Cybersecurity positions, also referred to as Information Security Analysts, are in high demand.  According to the website, currently 70 local cybersecurity positions are available within a 100-mile radius of Richlands, Virginia. 


Wayne Robinette, one of the current students, says he no longer wants to be distressed with layoffs and financial budget worries but wants to truly provide a good stable income for his family.  After reading recent reports of 60,000+ cybersecurity jobs in Virginia, Robinette enrolled in SWCC’s cybersecurity program.  He says, “Due to budget cuts, I lost my position as a supervisor.  My current position is a production technician and SWCC’s program allows a flexible schedule that gives me the opportunity to work, as well as pursue a career in cybersecurity.”

Tristan Woodard is a young student who enrolled in SWCC’s Cybersecurity program.  Woodard states, “While in high school I made the decision to pursue a career in Cybersecurity.  Information technology is ever evolving and in a constant state of change.”

SWCC’s Business, Engineering & Industrial Technology division (BEIT) offers several ways to gain nationally recognized and vendor neutral cybersecurity credentialing, paid for in part through grant funding available for those who qualify.

Cybersecurity Courses for Licensure Preparation – Enroll in ongoing non credit coursework to prepare you for a variety of cybersecurity credentials.
Call (276)964-7276 to apply for tuition assistance through WCG.

Cybersecurity Training & Certification Exams

The Information Technology Ready and Security Basics course provides in-class/hybrid training and preparation for a certification exam.

The course will prepare you with computer repair, tech support, and security skills and knowledge, and will ensure you meet entry-level IT and Security job requirements.

Upon completion of the Information Technology Ready and Security Basics course you will be prepared to take certifications/credentials examinations in:

  • Microsoft Digital Literacy & CompTIA IT Fundamentals – 43 Hours Training – 3 Hour exam prep session
  • CompTIA  A+ – 88 Hours Training and 6 Hour exam prep session
  • CompTIA Network + – 48 Hours Training and 3 Hour exam prep session
  • CompTIA Security+ – 48 Hours Training and 3 Hour exam prep session

Course completers will be given one voucher for each of these CompTIA certification exams. All study materials, including textbooks, labs, and practice exams are provided.

Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate Program & Exams

The Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program is a two semester, 29 credit hour, course of study designed to launch your career in the field of Cybersecurity. Graduates will be prepared for employment as network security specialists, Internet security specialists, or similar security related employment fields.


The Cybersecurity CSC is designed to provide students with the technical and problem solving expertise needed to actively protect assets connected to a network. Students will gain the knowledge and training to implement defense, recognize unauthorized access, and take action to minimize threats to their network & computing environment.

How to enroll in cybersecurity training or apply for grant funding to help pay for your class.

Learn more about Workforce Technology Resource Funding by contacting Workforce Solutions at (276)964-7244 or email

Industry information about the benefits of cybersecurity credentials:

CompTIA Cybersecurity Career Pathway

Certification Roadmap

IA Certification