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About the Program

The Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program gives bachelor’s degree-holding individuals looking to reskill or United States military veterans the opportunity to participate in the CyberCorps®: Scholarship For Service (SFS) program at participating community colleges. The program uses the proven mentoring model developed at Whatcom Community College (WCC) and adopted by the National Security Agency (NSA), while leveraging California State University, San Bernardino's (CSUSB) experience in maintaining the Nation's top CyberCorps®: Scholarship For Service program. Similar to the program at CSUSB, 30 students from six community colleges participate in an apprenticeship-like, cohort-based scholarship program. Participants are chosen by community colleges participating in the program.

CSUSB is responsible for several strategic, tactical, and operational goals over a three-year time frame (2019-2021). CSUSB's goals include: 

  1. Developing a replicable model for the CyberCorps®: Scholarship For Service program at the community college level;
  2. Recruiting institutions to participate in the pilot program and delivering faculty/institutional capacity building covering critical program and institutional components;
  3. Supporting C3P institutions during the recruitment process and aiding in the retention of the cohorts participating in the program;
  4. Providing guided pathways for SFS Scholars, including assessing workforce readiness through a series of assessments related to NICE work roles and using an e-portfolio system for students to document their skills for potential employers;
  5. Increasing the number of cyber professionals working in federal jobs; and
  6. Expanding the number of community college principal investigators and institutional capacity for effective grant/fiscal management for the SFS program.

By accomplishing these goals, CSUSB will help build the institutional capacity required for community colleges to independently run successful SFS programs on their campuses and increase the diversity of students enrolling in these programs, thereby increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals in federal, state, local, and tribal employment.


The Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)  is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant award number 1842132.

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