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Mission CEED receives $100,000 state grant for cyber security training program

The city of Mission received a $100,000 state grant to train and certify Rio Grande Valley residents in cyber security.

The Center for Education and Economic Development in Mission received a $100,000 state grant to train and certify Rio Grande Valley residents in cyber security.

The eight-week-long cyber security training program had over 200 applicants in the Valley, but could only accept a class of 40 for the first-time pilot program.

Cyber security analysts are trained to monitor computer networks to ensure safeguards are in place to protect sensitive information from cyber criminals.

"People will be trained and will receive four certificates the A Plus, Network Plus, Security Plus, and Cyber Security Analyst Plus,” said Center for Education and Economic Development CEO Alex Meade. “Those are certificates that are in really high demand right now every entity every organization that you can think of whether it's a school district whether it's a county a bank a hospital any big organization needs security."

The grant will be used to pay for books, certification, and class expenses.

Students are paid $500 a month during the eight-week course and are granted an extra $500 bonus if all four certificates are achieved.

"We all know that technology is constantly changing, there are jobs today that didn't exist last year that did exist five years ago so if we don't stay on top of these things we as a region will continue to have the same kind of jobs that pay low wages because we don't have that trained workforce that can adapt to demands from bigger industries," Meade said.

The grant is a one-time use, but the Center for Education and Economic Development hope that they can continue to the program in the future.

Correction: This article originally stated the city of Mission received a grant. The Center for Education and Economic Development in Mission received the grant.

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