Education and Learning 2017-10-04T14:56:45+00:00



RI IHE Cyber Programs Matrix  In addition to traditional classroom work, learners can use a variety of online tools and games. Educators can utilize multiple education platforms, and students learn both within and outside the classroom. While completing formal coursework can be a great way to learn programming and other important computer skills, playing online games can also allow users to learn programming skills. This is an interactive, entertaining way for students to learn the foundational skills necessary for a career in cybersecurity.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure.

SANS– As the leading organization in computer security training, the SANS Institute is known for providing intensive, immersion training designed to help staff master the practical steps necessary for defending systems and networks.


The SENEDIA Internship and Work Experience Program began in 2013 as a pilot program. SENEDIA now offers paid internships year round for undergraduate and graduate-level students from RI colleges and universities. SENEDIA recruits candidates and accepted interns are placed with SENEDIA RI

Eligible Applicants:

  • 2nd year Community College of Rhode Island students
  • 3rd and 4th year and graduate Rhode Island university & college students


  • U.S. Citizen required for defense work
  • Minimum 8 hours per week at host company for 10 weeks


  • After participating in the internship program, students will have better understanding of business
  • Cyber needs as well as experience for their professional resume.Skills and abilities gained will include:
    • Experiential learning in the cyber field
    • Preparation for a technical certification
    • Communication skills
    • Knowledge of business’ cyber issues

For further information on our internship program and an application, please contact:

Linda LarsenSENEDIA Education Outreach Coordinator

Internship Work Experience Programs

Build Your Future in Cybersecurity


Pathways in Technology Early College High School Program, or P-TECH, creates a partnership between the high school, the college, and the employer.  P-TECH schools are innovative public six year high schools, where students can earn their associates degree while simultaneously earning their high school diploma. Students will have the option of completing the program in as little as four years if they opt to participate in extended day opportunities, or additional summer coursework.

The P-TECH model was co-developed by IBM, the New York Department of Education, and the City University of New York. Now, there are over 60 P-TECH schools across six states around the country, with 3 new P-TECH schools opening in Rhode Island September, 2016. SENEDIA has partnered with the Community College of Rhode Island and the Newport Public School District in a P-TECH cybersecurity initiative. This initiative is also being supported by Commerce RI and the Rhode Island Department of Education to align with the growth areas of the RI economy, and the workforce needs of RI companies.

Employers play a significant role in the P-TECH program and are the driver in the development of the students Workplace Learning curriculum. Here is where the students’ coursework, is aligned to the specific skills and needs that have been identified by the industry. Starting in grade 9, students will be paired with mentors from the business community and will remain with the student throughout the program. Students will also be placed in skills-based internships during the summer prior to their junior and senior years, in order to gain practical workplace experience. Graduates of the program will then have a choice of being first in line to be considered for job opportunities within industry, or continue their studies at a four-year institution.

SENEDIA is working with our partners to develop this forward-looking innovative program that will prepare students to be tomorrows industry leaders. The students that select this pathway and accept and embrace the challenge, will be the future workforce pipeline of cybersecurity professionals that have the skills and credentials necessary, to meet the growing demand of industry here in RI.

For more information on P-TECH, please visit

For further information on the Cybersecurity P-TECH program in Newport County, please contact:

Linda Larsen
SENEDIA Education Outreach Coordinator