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Rosen introduces Cybersecurity Workforce Act

Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., speaks at a roundtable event at the Nevada Urban Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 2 in Las Vegas.

Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has introduced legislation creating a grant program in the Labor Department to support creation, implementation and expansion of apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.

She said the bill is modeled after Nevada's cybersecurity apprenticeship program approved by the state Apprenticeship Council in May.

"The demand for talent in cybersecurity is sky-high," said Rosen, herself a computer programming and IT professional.

She said the goal is to ensure businesses and government have the skilled people and tools they need to protect the nation's cybersecurity infrastructure.

The grants awarded by the Labor Department wouldn't only support the creation and expansion of apprenticeship programs but provide career counseling, mentorship and assistance with such things as transportation, housing and child care costs.