Coursera-ICMCP Cybersecurity Certification Career Enhancement Program

Program Description

Coursera has joined forces with ICMCP to provide free-of-charge opportunities to deserving minority learners to obtain a cybersecurity certification for career opportunities.
Cybersecurity is a fast-growing field with overwhelming job opportunities to those willing to gain the knowledge on some of the different methods and techniques used to mitigate malicious attacks by hackers. Supplement your knowledgebase to include a certification in cybersecurity to increase your career options. A growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry do not require a college degree.
This program will provide the opportunity to take on-line courses in one of 5 cyber security certification tracks offered. The courses can be taken at the student’s availability for a cohesive work life balance. Each certification track includes multiple courses, from 4 to 8 depending on the path selected.
Each learner will have 1 year to complete all the courses in the selected certification track to prepare them for their certification exam. ICMCP will be with you every step of the way to provide support and mentorship as needed. This program is targeted toward the beginner, who has some prior knowledge of programming and/or networking.

Certification Track Options

  • Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Certification Learning Track
    Prepares learners for entry level careers in cybersecurity, with an emphasis on administering the Palo Alto Networks Next Generation Firewall. Completing the 5 course track and labs will help prepare you to pass the PCCSA exam to gain the PCCSA certification.

  • Google Cloud Security Certification Learning Track
    Provides learners with the skills needed to advance your career as a security engineer and provides training to support your preparation for the industry-recognized Google Cloud Professional Cloud Security Engineer certification. You will get an understanding of security best practices and industry security requirements associated with Cloud administration. Learners will learn to design, develop, and manage a secure infrastructure leveraging Google security technologies. A solid background in networks and programming is required to be successful in this certification track.

  • IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Professional Certification Learning Track
    This 8-course Professional Certificate will give you the technical skills to become job-ready in a Cybersecurity Analyst role. This program is suitable for learners entering the workforce and professionals switching careers. You should be comfortable working with computers, be willing to develop new technical skills, and enjoy collaborative problem solving and communicating solutions. Instructional content and labs will introduce you to concepts including network security, endpoint protection, incident response, threat intelligence, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment. By the end of this program, you will have completed a real-world security breach hands-on project and applied concepts through industry tool virtual labs to provide you with the confidence to start a career in cybersecurity.

  • Google Engineering with Google Cloud Certification Learning Track
    Provides the skills you will need to advance your career in cloud architecture and provides a pathway to earn the industry-recognized Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer certification. Through a combination of presentations, demos, and labs, you'll explore and deploy solution elements, including infrastructure components such as networks, systems and applications services; and you'll gain real world experience through a number of hands-on Qwiklabs projects that you can share with potential employers.

  • NYU Introduction to Cyber Security Specialization Learning Track
    Designed to help learners develop a deeper understanding of modern information and system protection technology and methods. Emphasis is on foundational issues to help learners develop the habit of properly assessing and improving cyber risk posture in real computing, networking, and software systems. Authentic scenarios are included based on practical enterprise and infrastructure deployments to enhance the learning experience. This track only provides a certification of completion with no professional certification available. It is a good beginner track for those who want to 'test the waters' 1st.


  • Possess a passion to learn about and protect the world against malicious cyber attacks
  • Have a background (academic or practical experience) in programming or networking is helpful
  • Commit to a minimum of 2 to 3 hours per week to study and perform course work
  • Ability to attend monthly ICMCP certification program meet-ups for mentoring, resume writing and interviewing support. You will connect with those in the industry to learn about different roles and job opportunities available.
  • Possess a go-getter attitude to aid with self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • Commit to complete the program and coursework before the 11-month period ends
  • Intent and capacity to take the certification exam at the end of your course
  • Qualify as a member of a minority community and join enroll as a member of the ICMCP if you have not already

How to Register

  • Complete the application form to enroll: Registration Link
    A reply with the outcome of your application status takes place within 2 weeks of registration via email reply.

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