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Bright Spots: Project SECURE at Wake Tech

Wake Technical Community College will train 450 people for information technology (IT) jobs through Project SECURE. To qualify for Project SECURE grant funding, a person must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 29;
  • Be out of secondary school;
  • Be unemployed or underemployed; and
  • Have no education or work experience in cybersecurity

Project SECURE has secured significant partnerships with local firms such as IBM and SAS who worked with Wake Tech to help structure the program. This is an example for demand-driven curriculum. Read more about Project SECURE here

These bright spots were identified in collaboration with the myFutureNC Commission. The myFutureNC Commission is focused on educational attainment statewide. They are in the process of developing statewide and localized attainment goals.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the chief of growth for EducationNC.