June 22, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 22, 2018) – When Jeff Sullivan sustained a spinal injury in 2006, he knew his path would have to lead away from his previous career in route service and industrial maintenance and head in a new direction.
Eventually, the veteran of both the United States Marine Corps and Navy Reserve found his way to Tallahassee Community College’s Applied Cybersecurity certificate program.
“I’ve always been fascinated by technology and how industry, the military and civilian interests use it every day to make the world a better place,” Sullivan said. “Cybersecurity is a challenging career choice, but with dedication and commitment, it can really be rewarding.”
Sullivan was able to pursue his studies in cybersecurity thanks to funding from CareerSource Capital Region. He ultimately completed the program and earned his CompTIA Security+ industry credential as well. The Gadsden County native has recently begun training as an information technology helpdesk specialist at FBMC Benefits Management, Inc. He is also working toward an associate degree, with plans to transfer to a university program to study computer science.
In an effort to better serve students like Sullivan, TCC is partnering with CareerSource Capital Region and the Career Pathways Council, which spearheads the Career Pathways Project. The initiative provides access to resources to support education and career goals for individuals throughout Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties.
The effort starts with K-12 and extends through the postsecondary level, with stakeholders from educational institutions joining forces to transform career education and training in the Big Bend by enabling students, parents, teachers and career seekers to explore career paths and learn about training opportunities.
“TCC’s partnership with CareerSource Capital Region and the Career Pathways Council is invaluable in our pursuit of career development for those we serve,” said Kimberly Moore, TCC vice president for workforce innovation and chair of the Career Pathways Council.
Several of TCC’s certificates and degrees can be earned on the CareerSource pathway. Students can receive thousands of dollars in financial assistance for these TCC programs through CareerSource Capital Region.
For information, contact Lisa Powell at (850) 201-9436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.