Our Training Philosophy
Certifying organizations do an outstanding job of providing students attending courses with information they should know to pass a certification exam. Additionally, these organizations strive to ensure their students obtain a measure of subject matter expertise within the discipline they’re presenting.
However, many students have difficulty applying textbook knowledge presented in lectures to the real-world environments they operate in daily. This holds true even when certification courses include preformatted labs. While they provide a measure of “hands on” training, they tend to be very specific and task-oriented and tend not to address the broader base of potential application of the knowledge.
Our experience has reinforced a recognition that this “Theory vs. Reality” disconnect exists on a wide scale, and our training philosophy has been developed to acknowledge this disconnect and bridge this gap when possible. In response to this reality, our instructors include dozens of training hours above and beyond that which would be required to successfully pass the certification exam.
A significant portion of that additional training occurs outside the classroom. Our training facility at Coastal Regional Commission ranges from Data Centers and Geographic Information Systems, to Fleet Transportation and Executive Administration offices. Students work in groups to conduct interviews with CRC leadership, analyze all information gathered, and generate solutions to technical and non-technical challenges as a team.
If the student enjoys the training experience, scores well on the exam, and walks away with an earned certification – but cannot apply the knowledge gained on their first day back to work – their time and their employers’ money have been wasted.
Providing students with this level of experiential knowledge serves to bridge the gap between classroom theory and operational reality. Additionally, it lays a solid foundation for students by providing them with practical skills they need to know and can apply their first day back at work. Our goal is to have students leave our certification courses both certified and prepared.
It’s been said that, “experience can be defined as that knowledge you gain the moment after you need it the most.” We prefer our students possess that knowledge in advance, the time they truly need it the most.
Michael I. Kaplan
Director of Operations
Cyber Security Supply and Demand
To further support our Training Philosophy and the utilization of experiential learning in support of certification courses, an interactive “Cybersecurity Supply and Demand” heat map has been provided below.
The most important statistic: there are over 300,000 cyber security positions open throughout the United States that cannot be filled, due to a lack of qualified applicants to fill them.
We encourage you to visit the Cyber Seek website for additional information and statistics regarding this issue. Use the interactive map below to see open positions and training deficits either by State or Metropolitan Area.