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Next Session: March 13, 2024

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If you want a career in a field that requires a security clearance, get a head start by attending the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s Clearance Preparedness Program.

This informational seminar series, which is free, includes 10 monthly 60-minute virtual modules, in which you’ll learn about the clearance process and what you can expect in clearance-level roles. There is no registration deadline.

Sessions will also allow participants to connect and interact with industry professionals. You'll be awarded a digital badge when you complete the program.

Please register using your school email, which ends in .edu.

You do not have to register for each monthly module. Once you sign up, you'll continue to get ZOOM links for each session. 

Sessions will also allow participants to connect and interact with industry professionals. You'll be awarded a digital badge when you complete the program.

Requirements:

  • You must attend 80 percent of sessions, or eight modules, to receive the digital badge.
  • Attendance will be monitored.
  • You must be online for most of the session for your attendance to count.

Prepping for Clearance Process Boosts Career Options

  • Gain an inside view of the security clearance process.
  • Receive exclusive access to employer connections.
  • Connect with industry professionals with security clearances.
  • Get essential knowledge for positions that require access to national intelligence information.
  • Boost your résumé's professional development section.
  • Receive a digital badge.
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Being ready to pass a security clearance check increases the pool of career choices opened to you. CCI's program can give you a head start in the process.

Session Schedule

MODULE TIMES AND DATES
Kick-off and introduction to the security clearance process Feb. 7, 1 to 2 p.m.
Guide to the clearance paperwork process March 13, noon to 1 p.m.
Government agency clearance rules/regulations April 3, 1 to 2 p.m.
A deep dive into the legality of drug use May 1, 1 to 2 p.m
Cybersecurity authorities, laws, and regulations June 5, 1 to 2 p.m.
Social media: What to consider in a virtual world July 10, 1 to 2 p.m.
Industry speaker Aug. 7, 1 to 2 p.m.
Federal speaker Sept. 11, 1 to 2 p.m.
Industry speaker Oct. 2, 1 to 2 p.m.
Federal speaker Nov. 6, 1 to 2 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students interested in learning about the clearance process
  • Students studying cybersecurity or cyber-adjacent fields

Complete the Eventbrite registration for the Clearance Preparedness program. Once you register, you'll receive a Zoom invitation for the module.

No, this is an informational series.  You will not receive a clearance through this program, nor will this fast-track your clearance process.

You will, however, be informed about, and prepared for, the security-clearance process.

You must attend 80 percent of sessions, or eight modules, to receive the digital badge. Attendance will be monitored. You must be online for most of the session for your attendance to count.

No, there is no advance reading material required. Bring your questions.

Each module, which is an hour long, is held once a month, starting February 7. The last session will be held on November 6. Check the session schedule for all dates.

Add the CCI Clearance Preparedness Program to your résumé under the Professional Development heading.

No, CCI is offering the program for free as a part of our Workforce Development Mission for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

No, you only need to register once. You'll get a ZOOM link before each module.