Earn While You Learn

CSUSB Upperclassmen Experience the Tier 2 (baccalaureate), Cybersecurity Professional Apprenticeship

IECI takes a unique approach of employee introductions and apprentice relationship building driven by program partners LAUNCH and Robert Half.

IECI apprenticeships in the Inland Empire have a profound impact on economic development and workforce opportunities. In an area saturated with low-wage jobs and often viewed as a  logistics hub, apprenticeships are a practical way to increase available positions and grow opportunities for workers to learn valuable skills and improve earning potential. 

Registered apprenticeships in cybersecurity are rare. Engaging cybersecurity students in successful applied learning is critical to their development and career planning. Through  apprenticeships, IECI produces well-qualified cybersecurity professionals to fill the hiring needs of  Inland Empire businesses and drive economic development.  

IECI works under the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and National Security Agency (NSA) competency structure, which means that the duration of the program is set by businesses but is aligned with the skill levels of the apprentices and their curricular programs. Cybersecurity apprentice programs can be 6 to 18 months. Participants will be expected to complete a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity during the apprenticeship, with university tuition provided by the grant in the pilot years.

LAUNCH Apprenticeship vs the Traditional College Student

The LAUNCH Apprenticeship Network is a Workforce Intermediary Program Sponsor registered with the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards and the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

Formed by the Inland Empire Desert Region College Consortium, LAUNCH leverages the workforce and education systems of the region’s community colleges, K-12 districts, and two Workforce Development Boards. By integrating apprenticeship into these organizations and institutions, LAUNCH acts as an intermediary and education provider for businesses adopting the apprenticeship model. In addition, LAUNCH provides regional resources for developing programs and increasing pathways into apprenticeship both in traditional apprenticeships and new and innovative programs. Essentially, LAUNCH makes apprenticeship easy and effective for Inland Empire businesses and career-builders.               

Robert Half has forged strategic alliances and relationships with multiple organizations to support students and professionals in the fields we serve.

They contribute to the mission of each organization by working together on thought leadership, supporting scholarship programs, cross-sharing training and development, and providing hiring, placement and job search resources.

As a global organization, Robert Half also recognizes the importance of empowering individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Together with the organizations Robert Half has formed alliances with, are proud to support the communities where Robert Half takes place and conducts business.