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167th partners with W.Va. schools for cyber training

August 01, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard and area educational representatives signed a pact Tuesday that will allow airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing to get training in cybersecurity.

Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer signed an agreement with Jerry Forster, regional president of University of Charleston at Beckley; Peter G. Checkovich, founding president of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College; and Greg Morris, vice chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, that will allow Airmen assigned to the Martinsburg-based airlift wing the opportunity to train through both schools’ cyber-security programs, according to a news release from the 167th.

The University of Charleston and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College both have Martinsburg campuses.

In the release, Hoyer thanked the University of Charleston and Blue Ridge CTC for stepping up to provide the training to Airmen in the critical area of cyber-security.

“Blue Ridge and (the University of Charleston) bring strong academic offerings to the guardsmen in Martinsburg, which will allow them to attend one or both institutions and increase their marketability to the military and private sector,” Ed Welch, president of the University of Charleston, said in the release.

“This partnership will streamline the transfer process providing for greater student success.”  Checkovich said in the release.

The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is the governing body of all community and technical colleges in the Mountain State.

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