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August 30, 2015 FCW.COM 21 cards, and even a modest amount of training can boost employment pros- pects. She recalled how employers who had previously overlooked a candidate began taking notice of him once he received a certification. What’s more, she said, employers once skeptical of hiring trainees with- out a college degree are now warming to the idea. Graduates act as ambassadors for the NS2 Serves program by spreading the word among their peers. In its first year, the program drew significantly on a Labor Department database of rough- ly 1 million veterans, but recruiting is increasingly happening through word of mouth, Carmack said. Current and former policymakers have also backed the program. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with NS2 Serves participants last year, while cybersecurity-minded lawmak- ers Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) serve as co-chairmen of the program. The only real hurdle the program’s backers face is funding. Conducting each course for about 20 veterans costs $30,000 to $35,000 per student, Testoni said. But the program has secured enough support to expand from two courses to three this year, he added. n Can MOOCs make the grade for fed training? BY BIANCA SPINOSA ONLINE LEARNING A massive open online course is just that — up to several thousand people can take the same MOOC, simultane- ously and without cost, through sites such as Coursera, edX and Udacity. One MOOC on machine learning, for example, has 27,323 students enrolled, according to Udacity’s website. So given the increasing demand for workers with cybersecurity and data analytics skills, could MOOCs be one of the keys to federal training needs? Ryan Corey believes they can help. Corey has been in the cybersecurity field for 13 years, and in January, he co- founded Cybrary, a company that offers free courses on a range of cyber skills. Corey said he launched Cybrary in part because he thinks people — and federal workers in particular — shouldn’t have to pay big bucks for IT and cybersecurity training and because it was clear that cyber skills should be more broadly distributed. “You’ve got some of the United States’ most talented professionals from the University of Chicago and holds a law degree from Boston Col- lege Law School. Federal CIO Tony Scott majored in information systems management at the University of San Francisco and also has a J.D. in computer law from Santa Clara University. Office of Personnel Management CIO Donna Seymour earned a bachelor ’s degree in computer sci- ence from George Mason Univer- sity, where she has also continued graduate-level studies in operations research and management sciences. David Shive, the General Services Administration’s CIO, majored in physics as a California State Uni- versity undergraduate, earned a master ’s in research meteorology at the University of Maryland and holds a post-graduate management certificate from the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Management. NASA CIO Larry Sweet was a visu- al communications major at Texas Lutheran University. State Department CIO Steven Taylor majored in business man- agement as an undergraduate and holds a master ’s degree in infor- mation systems; he earned both degrees at Boston University. Social Security Administration CIO Bill Zielinski was a psychology major at Washington State University. Eli Gorski conducted the research for this article. 5 CIOs went toaBigTen school. There are no Ivy League alumni. 0830fcw_014-026.indd 21 8/12/15 12:28 PM
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