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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Advanced 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

Julianna Wait,
University Registrar

Lisa Duncan Rains,

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

Ms. Becky Huffman

Ms. Narda Porter

Stephen Ross,
Director of Military Student Services
Patty Roberts
(757) 221-3821

Jeremy Martin

Janice Johnson

Tyler Hart

Wayne Ivey
(757) 823-2585

Kiama Anthony,
Veterans' Affairs Coordinator

Dave Wolcott,

Ross Johnson

Jennifer Connors
Director of Military Services

Bill Wilson,

John Miller,

Bill Kennan,
Director, Military Resource Center

Bob Habib,
Director of Military Enrollment

Stephanie Clements,
Veteran Affairs Coordinator

University Registrar,
Veteran Affairs Coordinator

Military Educational Benefits Team,
Veteran Affairs Coordinator