We are excited to highlight the extraordinary work that is taking place in apprenticeships across this nation. We are seeing in real time the transformation to the future of work that has our country, in fact the world reeling to redefine how and where work gets done. We believe that careers in information technology, specifically cloud computing and cyber security will require scaffolding where we learn more often, continuously in smaller chunks and in a connected network where we build social capital.

At a National level the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is endeavoring to strengthen the security, resilience, and workforce of the cyber ecosystem to protect critical services and American way of life. We are busy aligning ourselves to be a significant part of these solutions to an ever increasing threat. Our Nation’s security is at stake and we need to scale our response to match or exceed the threats. We are using apprenticeship as a means to build the cybersecurity talent needed to meet this challenge.

On his last visit to Whitsett, NC, Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia was quoted saying “not every apprenticeship needs to be four years long. We call these industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. The idea is that a trade association, a group of smaller businesses, or a community college, can become accredited by, and recognize a good apprenticeship program. Then that apprenticeship program can give out certificates.” We are following his lead by running a competency based apprentice program designed to complete in one year or less. (Source: //myfox8.com/news/local-manufacturing-jobs-see-help-with-apprenticeship-programs-other-local-businesses-still-struggle/)

On a State level we have heard our State Chief Risk and Security Officer with the NCDIT, Maria Thompson speak on a recent NC TECH webcast (Source: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPkqdOar8To&t=1224s) and say that our municipalities and local governments are in need of help. She is also a champion for advancing diversity of women and people of color into this field and emphasizes the importance of mentorship and apprenticeship in producing this talent . (Source: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL5EtLMXTXY)

We are aligned with the goals of MyFutureNC.org in contributing to the number of individuals achieving high quality credentials, specifically industry recognized certifications like CompTIA Security+ and Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900. To reach the goal of 2 million North Carolinians with high quality credentials or post-secondary degrees is going to take the effort of business, government, education and individuals to achieve. We consider ourselves a committed partner in this effort.

Our engagement with ApprenticeshipNC under the community college system put us on the path to registered apprenticeship. Since we originally met in early 2020 at the State Apprenticeship Conference we have been collaborating to create pathways to high paying technical jobs here in the State of North Carolina, thanks to the stewardship and sage guidance of Tiffany Jacobs and Wanda Ramos-Mcpherson.

On the local level, we are aligned with the goals of the GuilfordWorks and have even become an Employer Partner to advance the goal of getting as many county residents back to work in high paying technical jobs in the worst workforce crisis of this century. The innovative leadership of Fred Henry and Melissa Smith is paving the way for NextGen Partnerships between business and goverment. We are delighted to be a part of this emerging workforce solution.

Most importantly, we have a team of passionate professionals that have embraced a bold vision for effecting the future of work.

Special Thanks to our:

Board of Directors; Markus Beamer, Patricia Brooker, Clyde Brown, Kevin Brown, Ronald Clement, Roan Daley, Brandon Hairston, Brian Hodges, Sheena Jacobs, Dexter Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Wayne Robinson, Sr. and Roderick Wiggins, Jr.

Apprentices: Kelsey Brown, Kia Gordon, Keyford “KJ” Langley, Saadia Mehr and Jeremy Whitsett

My lovely wife and our educational consultant: Patrice Robinson

In light of all of the inspiring efforts mentioned above I proclaim the following: