NMFA and Socratic Arts Announce Cyber Security Scholarship for Military Spouses

Alexandria, VA — The National Military Family Association (NMFA) and Socratic Arts, a leader in online learning, have launched a partnership to encourage military spouses and other military family members to achieve success as cybersecurity professionals.

Socratic Arts’ Cyber Academy was developed under a contract with the Department of Defense in 2016 to teach key defensive and offensive cyber skills in immersive, online training modules. The program utilizes a Story-Centered approach in which students learn by doing, assuming the role of employees at a small government agency and navigating authentic workplace challenges as academic assignments. Cyber Academy students are supported by a wide range of online multimedia resources and mentors, who are cybersecurity experts.

The Cyber Academy prepares students for entry-level careers as Security Operations Center (SOC) Analysts, Digital Forensic Analysts, and Incident Responders. The program does not require a formal computer science or information technology education or background. Successful Cyber Academy graduates come from many educational backgrounds but share an intense curiosity about how things work, are detail-oriented problem solvers, won’t give up on difficult problems, and are self-motivated, independent learners.

“Socratic Arts has wanted to make the program more accessible to the military community, which includes people who might be very successful in this high-demand career but who don’t yet realize it,” says Socratic Arts’ founder, Dr. Roger Schank.  We’re very excited to join NMFA in this outreach.”  Socratic Arts is confident that military spouses, transitioning service members, veterans and their family members have the ability to succeed in cybersecurity roles and in partnership with NMFA, these individuals will have access to new pathways for employment.

NMFA is committed to supporting military spouses as they pursue educational and professional advancement opportunities.

“We are pleased to partner with Socratic Arts and help military spouses achieve fulfilling careers as cybersecurity professionals,” said NMFA Executive Director and CEO Ashish Vazirani. “Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers are among the fastest growing in the U.S. and present a great opportunity for military spouses to secure high-demand, intellectually and financially rewarding, portable professions.”

Military spouses enrolling in through NMFA will receive a discounted tuition rate and may apply here. Socratic Arts is also extending this discount to transitioning service members, veterans, and their families.

Students interested in learning more about the Cyber Academy are invited to attend a free, one-hour webinar to learn more about cybersecurity and Socratic Arts’ instructional approach:

  • Thursday, August 20:  1:30-2:30 ET
  • Tuesday, September 1:  8:00-9:00 ETI

Those interested can register for the webinar of their choice here. To learn more about this and other military spouse scholarships, please visit https://militaryfamily.org/programs/spouses-scholarships/.

About NMFA

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, veteran, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA, and Space Force. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.

About Socratic Arts

Socratic Arts has been a pioneer in learning since 1989. Led by artificial intelligence expert and visionary Dr. Roger Schank, Socratic Arts’ team of experienced instructional design and facilitation experts develop and deliver performance-improvement solutions to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and post-secondary schools.

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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