Inland Empire Cybersecurity Initiative (IECI)

Community Development Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Pipeline

The National Security Agency (NSA) has sponsored a program in Southern California for community development called the Inland Empire Cybersecurity Initiative (IECI pronounced "I see"). With this grant, the CSUSB cyber program is supporting paid cyber apprenticeships!

It all starts with the K-12 exploration phase targeting middle and high schools to identify talent and develop students through the start of this cybersecurity pipeline. High school graduates then enter the CSUSB Cyber Pre-apprenticeship program available for community college students and CSUSB freshman & sophomores.  Then paid apprenticeships for CSUSB upperclassmen lead to full time employment right here in the Inland Empire. CSUSB, coalition partners, and employers from the community work with students throughout this entire pipeline to ensure the successful start of each new cyber career.

What’s Icing on the Cake?

Click below to learn how 15 students are selected each year for IECI grant benefits:

The Application period for the Fall 2024 Cohort 4 will be opening soon.  Please be on the lookout for the upcoming information session(s) at CSUSB.

IECI partners and current apprentices please access the 

IECI Intranet Site

for local Community College and Organization Admin: Workhands, Canvas, Portfolium, Apprentice Cohort Management, and General Administration

(You must be logged in to the Google profile the IECI program has on file for you on the same browser you are attempting access)

Click to view the K-12 discovery phase of the IECI Apprenticeship Pipeline involving camps, competitions, and aptitude services

Click to view the community college and university freshman phase of the IECI Apprenticeship Pipeline involving Tier 1 apprenticeships and Tier 2 Pre-Apprenticeship Curricular, Career, and Experience Pathways

Click to view the CSUSB upperclassman phase of the IECI Apprenticeship Pipeline with the paid Tier 2 Apprenticeship involving certifications, tuition assistance, course credit for OJT, and additional financial aid

Click to view the CSUSB graduate component of the IECI Apprenticeship Pipeline involving state apprenticeship certification and transition support toward full-time employment