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WSC AND CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO PROVIDE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS TO WSC MEMBERS

Tuesday, December 13, 2016  
Posted by: Mari Galloway
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Media Contact: Mari Galloway | 910-644-0183 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WOMEN’S SOCIETY OF CYBERJUTSU (WSC) AND CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO PROVIDE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS TO WSC MEMBERS

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, December 8, 2016—The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) has formed a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) H. John Heinz III College (Heinz College) to provide scholarships to qualified WSC members beginning in Fall 2017. The CMU Heinz College Strategic Partnership Scholarship will grant up to 10 WSC members enrolled in the School of Information Systems and Management’s master’s programs with guaranteed scholarships of at least $6,000/year. The master’s programs can be pursued full-time or part-time and either on-campus or online. The partnership continues WSC’s mission of helping and empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity field.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with CMU’s Heinz College, a respected and revered academic institution in cybersecurity,” said Lisa Jiggetts, founder and CEO of WSC. “Many of our members are IT professionals seeking a cybersecurity career. This partnership will open new opportunities for education and employment.”

“At a time when only 11 percent of the nation’s information security workforce are women, and many cybersecurity positions go unfilled; it is our responsibility to do all we can to enable and encourage women to advance in the cybersecurity field,” said Jessica Gulick, Vice President of the WSC National Board and CEO of Katzcy Consulting. “I am excited by WSC’s participation in the CMU Heinz College Strategic Partnership program, and the advancements today’s scholarship awardees will make to the future of cybersecurity.”

“Heinz College is proud to partner with WSC to continue our long-standing tradition of technological scholarship and collaboration, and excited to contribute to educating and supporting the next generation of cybersecurity leaders,” said Andy Wasser, the Associate Dean of Heinz College’s School of Information Systems and Management. “Through community and leadership opportunities, Heinz College students are positioned for success, and we are proud to be part of their continuing academic studies.”

CMU’s School of Information Systems and Management offers a series of related master’s and certificate programs in the field of cybersecurity. In addition to its traditional on-campus (full-time) Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM) degree, Heinz offers a 100%-online program (Master of Science in Information Technology- Information Security and Assurance) for students who do not want to leave the workforce while they pursue their master’s degree. Heinz also offers a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Certificate, which is a hybrid program, with on-campus experiences at the beginning and the completion of the program, blended with online learning in the middle.        

ABOUT WOMEN’S SOCIETY OF CYBERJUTSU

Founded in 2012, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a Northern Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, focused on empowering women to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. WSC’s mission is to advance women in cybersecurity careers by providing programs and partnerships that promote networking, education, training, mentoring, resource-sharing and other professional opportunities.

WSC serves thousands of women across the globe by bringing awareness to, and advancing careers in, cybersecurity. The WSC community includes information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists and engineers, as well as women wanting to explore and join the field. Recognizing the importance of encouraging girls to embrace a future in STEM-related professions through its Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, WSC provides a unique hands-on curriculum focused on securing information technology. For more information, visit http://www.womenscyberjutsu.org

For more information, please join our webinar on BrightTalk, December 15 2016 @ Noon. Register here! 

ABOUT H. JOHN HEINZ III COLLEGE

The H. John Heinz III College is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Public Policy & Management and the School of Information Systems & Management. The Heinz College educational process integrates policy analysis, management, and information technology. Coursework emphasizes applied and interdisciplinary fields of empirical methods and statistics, data analytics, economics, information systems and technology, operations research, and organizational behavior. In addition to full-time, on campus programs in Pittsburgh, Pa., Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Adelaide, the Heinz College offers graduate-level programs to non-traditional students through part-time, on-campus and distance programs, customized programs, and executive education programs for senior managers. For more information, please visit http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/.


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