Students in a previously held cybersecurity training course as a part of the Cybersecurity and Safety Workforce Development Initiative at Glenville State University. (GSU Photo/Kristen Cosner)

Free cybersecurity workforce trainings coming to Upshur County on April 19

GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State University is offering additional free cybersecurity training through a joint effort with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in the form of a Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant for Glenville State’s Cybersecurity and Safety Workforce Development Initiative. The Initiative aims to create a more vibrant economic future for West Virginia’s coal-impacted North Central region.

“Our POWER grant with ARC allows for the development of freeboot camps, and will provide each participant with all the training materials, study guides, and exams at no cost. Counties in North Central West Virginia that are defined as ‘distressed or ‘at-risk’ have a unique opportunity to receive training and eventual certification in cybersecurity-related fields. We are making strong efforts to bring the training to the people in these counties,” said Peggy Runyon, Glenville State’s Project Director for the Initiative. “This training would cost several thousand dollars if you were paying for it out of pocket, so I sincerely encourage individuals to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity.”

The classes – which are open to anyone – do not require prior coding or cybersecurity training and will take place over the course of three to five days. Day, night, and weekend classes will be offered to accommodate a variety of schedules. Successful completion of the training will lead to certifications and national industry-recognized credentials for high paying and in-demand jobs. Glenville State University will also be working with grant participants to secure internships and seek employment in the cybersecurity fields.

A certified instructor will guide and train interested individuals to receive industry-recognized certification in a cybersecurity-related field. Current, ongoing base level certifications include CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+, with higher-level cybersecurity certifications planned in the future to include Cisco network and certified network defender (CND) trainings.

Currently, a CompTIA A+ course is set and taking applications. The course will be held online on Wednesday, April 19 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and in-person on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The two in-person sessions will take place at Upshur County Adult Learning, 46 Raspberry Way in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

For more information about the courses or to be added to the waitlist, contact Runyon at or by calling (304) 462-6383. You may also register for upcoming courses by visiting

This project was developed collaboratively with many diverse stakeholders and made possible by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER Initiative Grant. To learn more, visit

A total of $1,402,408 in local and federal funding is being provided for the project, 80% of which, ($1,120,995) comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission while 20% ($281,413) comes from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Glenville State University.

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