McAuliffe announces cyber security training initiative for veterans

National Governors Association (NGA) Vice Chair, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP File Photo/Susan Walsh)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday announced a new initiative to give veterans with access to cyber security training and skills development.

McAuliffe says the initiative is part of the state’s effort to help veterans transition back into civilian life.

The Cyber Vets Virginia program will seek to give unique training for veterans living in Virginia, who are interested in working in cyber security.

Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey said, “Our veterans have the talent, knowledge, skills, and abilities that translate well to nearly every industry in the Commonwealth. With the launch of Cyber Vets Virginia, the Governor continues to demonstrate his commitment to ensuring that our veterans have high quality employment and educational opportunities. They deserve nothing less.”

The program will give veterans the opportunity for cyber education at Virginia community colleges and four-year institutions — as well as information on financial support and career building.

More information on the program can be found at this link.