Collaborative Cybersecurity Certificate Program Between Guttman Community College and Henry Street Settlement Set to Begin September



June 14, 2023 | Academics, Cybersecurity, Technology

New York, N.Y. (June 1, 2023) — The Cybersecurity certificate program, presented by Stella and Charles Guttman Community College’s newly established Career Innovation Hub (CIH), is prepared to begin this September at the Henry Street Settlement.

The inaugural cohort will comprise up to 30 students who are interested in the field of cybersecurity. The program will give participants a deeper insight into the field as students gain the necessary knowledge and skills to prevent, mitigate and recover from cyberattacks.

“The CIH strengthens an academic model that has centered on increasing access and success for students enrolling directly from the NYC DOE institutions. This entrepreneurial approach aligns with business and industry needs while affording students access to educational and career pathways that lead to promising careers and family-sustaining wages,” said President Larry Johnson.

By participating in the one-year undergraduate program, students can attain 33 transferrable credits and a certificate of completion. Upon program completion, students will be competitive applicants for entry-level positions in cybersecurity, expanding their options in the job market.

“Henry Street’s Workforce Development Center is incredibly thrilled to partner with Guttman Community College and, in doing so, to create opportunities for our communities to gain access and thrive in the cybersecurity sector by way of the Career Innovation Hub,” said Matthew Phifer, vice president of education and employment at Henry Street. “It is our collective hope that this is only the beginning.”

“We are especially excited to work with the Henry Street team to create additional pipelines to economic security. The pedagogical approach at Guttman is grounded in a deep commitment to creating an engaged classroom environment,” said Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Nicola Blake.

Additional benefits of completing the program include access to holistic services to support their program completion, introduction to New York City Cybersecurity employer partners, career development support, and preparation to test for industry-recognized credentials, such as ITIL, Network +, Security+, CompTIA A+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and CYSA+.

The Cybersecurity certificate program will be the inaugural offering from the CIH, which aims to create and implement tightly coordinated educational pathways that lead to satisfying and financially secure careers. Through credit and non-credit programs, the CIH will support students as they navigate the complex intersection between their interests and aspirations, the labor market, and industry needs.

The Henry Street Settlement is a not-for-profit social service agency in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, that provides social services, arts programs, and health care services to over 50,000 New Yorkers of all ages.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is CUNY’s first new community college in more than forty years. Reimagining what community college can be, Guttman opened its doors in Manhattan in August 2012 to create a research-based, innovative model focused on moving students efficiently toward graduation. Offering associate degree programs in a nurturing environment, the College’s three-year graduation rate consistently surpasses the national average, and most graduates transfer to senior colleges. Guttman is federally designated as a Hispanic-serving institution and minority-serving institution with more than 85% of the student population identifying as Latine or Black/African American. The College was named the best community college in America in 2020 and the top community college in New York State for 2020, 2021, and 2022 by and other ranking agencies.