Cybersecurity Bootcamp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals


The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is partnering with RIT’s ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI) to provide immersive online training courses in Cybersecurity for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

The online courses will be blended and supported by American Sign Language interpreters and by NTID faculty. The next bootcamps begin on May 12, 2022. You may request voice interpreting and/or captioning if needed. Part-time (30 weeks) and full-time (15 weeks) bootcamp options are being offered.

In the program's immersive environment and supportive community, you'll learn from world class cybersecurity educators, with a curriculum informed by the explicit needs of hiring companies. The program offers personalized attention and job placement support, and tuition assistance is still available for our next cohort (learn more about qualifying for 75% off your tuition below).

In this course, you will:

  • Participate in a virtual simulation of a company with real-world tasks and exercises in an on-the-job training environment
  • Enjoy live online interactions with faculty and fellow students
  • Gain skills to hit the ground running in an entry-level cybersecurity career

The RIT/NTID Cybersecurity Bootcamp will prepare you to enter the cybersecurity field in positions such as:

  • Cyber technician
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Cyber investigator
  • Cyber incident responder
  • IT auditor
  • Disaster Recovery Analyst

When you complete the program and pass a skills-based assessment, you will receive an RIT Global Cybersecurity Institute Cybersecurity Bootcamp Certificate. The bootcamp includes activities to help you prepare for industry-standard certifications, including CompTIA Security+ and Cybersecurity First Responder. Bootcamp graduates will receive two vouchers to take the exams for these industry certifications.

In addition, a new apprenticeship program will be available to top deaf and hard-of-hearing graduates of this bootcamp.

We are looking for motivated learners who are able to commit the time and effort needed to be successful in this course. To be considered for acceptance into this bootcamp, you must:

  1. Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read and write standard English in a professional setting.
  3. Complete an application form that includes questions on why you want to take this course.
  4. Provide a verifiable audiogram indicating severe-to-profound hearing loss.
  5. Be non-matriculated (not taking classes).
  6. Complete an aptitude test.
  7. Participate in a scheduled interview with the RIT Cybersecurity Bootcamp team.

Scholarship Info

NTID is offering scholarships to all accepted deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals to cover 75% of the $10,000 bootcamp fee. Applicants will be notified of scholarship awards once they are accepted into the program. The deadline to apply for this bootcamp will be noted soon. To learn more about the RIT GCI Cybersecurity Bootcamp, visit the GCI Cybersecurity Bootcamp website.

The next bootcamp will open registration after the conclusion of the January 10 bootcamps, and will begin on May 12, 2022. Stay connected with us for more updates.

For questions about the program, email rangeadmissions@rit.edu.