Northwest Louisiana Technical College and the 2d Communications Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base have recently partnered to support airmen in cyber training.
CMSgt Shawn Jarnigan, Superintendent 2d Communications Squadron, and Curtis Storms, Northwest LTC Workforce Development Officer, met recently to discuss ways to help train airmen from the base in cyber-related areas. Jarnigan felt that CompTIA Security+ training, a Department of Defense requirement for airmen that work on the network, was a great area where NWLTC could assist in training the local airmen.
Because NWLTC’s Shreveport campus recently received a grant through the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Fund, it was determined the Shreveport campus would be the best location for the training.
“Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s focus for the Caddo and Bossier Parish regions is cyber-related pathways, and the opportunity to partner with Barksdale Air Force Base to help our nation’s cyber warriors was a good fit,” says Northwest LTC Shreveport Campus Dean David Rhodes.
Currently, nine airmen have participated in the CompTIA Security+ training program with certification testing to be completed by the middle of May.