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ACPS to Pilot 1-Year Certificate Program in Cybersecurity through ACM

Program Offering for Qualifying Seniors on Abbreviated Schedule


Allegany County Public Schools will pilot a one-year Cybersecurity Certificate through Allegany College of Maryland beginning next year in an effort to increase opportunities for seniors on an abbreviated schedule to participate in career and technology areas and earn college credits. Students enrolled in this certificate program will have the option to start working in their career field after one year or can choose to transfer to the two-year cybersecurity program at ACM.


This pilot program will take place in the comprehensive high schools with two pathways being offered. An Accelerated Pathway (6 credits) will begin this summer. The regular pathway will require students to complete the coursework for the one-year certificate and then take the final courses in the summer and/or fall of 2022. At the Career Center, consideration will be give to students currently enrolled in the P-TECH program.


Potential candidates for this program should be creative problem-solvers, enjoy working with computers, and have a desire to help serve and protect others. In the growing career field of cybersecurity, there is potential for high wages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2014, the average annual salary for the category of professionals that includes Cybersecurity Specialists was $91,600 with the top 10% of wage earners having a salary in excess of $140,000.


Students selected for this program may have the option to participate through a variety of modalities available through ACM, including online, flex, and hybrid at reduced tuition costs. Applications are currently being accepted online through March 8, 2021. Visit the ACPS website,, under Student Resources, Cybersecurity One-Year Certificate Program Application, or click here to apply.


Published 3/1/21