FERNDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) - It's a program that aims to produce the next generation of IT security professionals.
And the epicenter of it all is right in Ferndale.
CBI, an IT security and risk management company that was founded in 1991, started an academy years ago and is now planning to expand.
"We feel good about it. I thought it would be a good way to grow a culture," said CBI CEO Steve Barone.
It’s a two year program out of their Ferndale office that trains the future of IT on how to have a successful career. Barone says the academy is good for students just getting out of college, and also for people in the workforce who have decided it’s time for a career change.
The program is not all about the tech side of things—industry professionals teach the students business skills, too. While they are taught how to break apart a firewall, students also learn how to navigate an airport, and shine their shoes.
You get the idea.
But, it's a competitive academy to get into—usually only about eight to a class, and all potential candidates are interviewed through a rigorous screening process.
"It started as a labor of love, and it's turning into something really cool," said Barone.
CBI plans to expand the academy to other cities around the country in 2016.