The Pikes Peak region is experiencing a high-tech labor shortage, with many defense, science and technology companies competing for highly technical talent focused on emerging technologies. Students, entrepreneurs, veterans and others are looking for specific training designed to make them quickly marketable with the latest technology skills. The campus fosters training, mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities that close the skills gap and offer curriculum that supports and encourages tomorrow’s innovators.

Training tomorrow’s workforce is a primary goal of Catalyst Campus, helping to ensure tomorrow’s workforce aligns with the immediate and future needs of the Pikes Peak region and Colorado’s advanced industries. The campus actively works with state and federally funded organizations, and partners with local, regional and nationally recognized educational institutions to offer a variety of technology-focused certification programs targeting information technology and cybersecurity to train tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

Catalyst Campus hosts various regional partners to create a collaborative hub that fosters learning and community growth, to include:

  • Individuals and transitioning military seeking career advancement through targeted training and education
  • Entrepreneurs seeking a platform to launch a new business
  • Industry partners seeking to foster and benefit from a qualified workforce, technology innovation and business partnerships not available elsewhere in the market
  • Industry-specific curricula filling existing and future government contract requirements
  • Community leaders and organizations with a desire to drive economic development through workforce training to foster high-paying job growth for the region.

Pikes Peak Community College Cyber Range

Responding to local demand for a qualified cybersecurity workforce, Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is implementing a multi-year plan to increase its student recruitment, training and education, placement, military outreach and industry engagement. Today, PPCC offers industry certification programs, cyber competitions, monthly Capture the Flag exercises, and high school and college internships. PPPC has received Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) grants to expand and refine the Pikes Peak region’s approach to cybersecurity education, training and careers.

PPCC offers a variety of Cybersecurity programs, including an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity and training programs leading to certifications in A+, Certified Ethical Hacker, Net+, and Security+. At Catalyst Campus, PPCC will offer programs for the community, custom training for employers, competitions, meet-ups and lab rentals.

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MSSA – Microsoft Software & Systems Academy /Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry. MSSA is an 18-week training course, completed over two 9-week terms, targeting high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration and database and business intelligence administration.

The Fort Carson MSSA program at Catalyst Campus offers the Server and Cloud Administration learning path. Program graduates are accorded an interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of more than 280 hiring partners, many of which are Fortune 500 companies. MSSA has a graduation rate of over 92%, and graduates earn an average starting salary of over $70,000.

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