Thomas Nelson officials announced receipt of a $32,685.25 internship planning grant award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).The funding will enable the College to develop a plan to launch a new work-based learning program of paid internships in 2020.
Internships will initially be developed for students pursuing the Information Systems Technology Applied Associate Degree, with an emphasis on cybersecurity interns, according to Terry Wagner, Thomas Nelson’s Grants manager. Cybersecurity encompasses the entire spectrum of information systems technologies, including software, hardware, and business processes. Thomas Nelson is one of only a handful of Virginia community colleges to have earned the Department of Homeland Security designation as a Center for Academic Excellence Certification (CAE2Y), a recognition reserved for schools meeting rigorous standards for offering cybersecurity education.
The planned internship program for Information Systems Technology students will enhance student preparation for immediate entry into well-paying cybersecurity jobs as well as other high-demand computer technology-based jobs.
In shaping the planned internship program, Thomas Nelson will establish a Work-Based Learning Advisory Board consisting of employers from several industries, who will work with the College and its many other employer representatives serving on other boards and program advisory committees. This new approach will bring broad perspectives and cross-pollination of insights that will increasingly benefit students and employers.
Look for an in-depth article online soon about Thomas Nelson’s SCHEV internship planning grant award.