SCF Cyber/IT
Pathways

Earn scholarships to SCF while
achieving industry certifications
for IT and Cybersecurity Careers

The SCF Cyber/IT Pathways program is open to all Florida residents. This program encourages community members to choose courses and industry certifications in information technology and cybersecurity. The program gives participants an opportunity to get free industry certification preparation. This free preparation leads to enhanced resumes and impactful job skills. Additionally, when eligible* SCF students pass select industry certification exams in information technology and cybersecurity, they are eligible to earn SCF Scholarships. The Cyber/IT Scholarship Program is for SCF students who want to take Information Technology and Web Design classes at SCF free of charge. If you are not currently an SCF student, join the Cyber/IT Pathway Program and we will waive the $20 SCF application fee.

What are the Benefits of IT/Cybersecurity Careers ?

Choosing a cybersecurity career is a wise decision. Companies, individuals, and industries have to comply with regulations that require constant protection from cyber criminals.  On average, there are nearly two cyber-attacks every minute. Industries in Florida are in need of talented cybersecurity professionals with skills for preventing and defending against cyber-attacks. The number of cybersecurity and information technology job openings are growing. Those with degrees and industry certifications are better prepared for promising careers.

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What are the Benefits of the
SCF Cyber/IT Pathways Program?

The SCF Cyber/IT Pathways Program helps highly motivated individuals earn the skills needed for information technology and cybersecurity careers. The Cyber/IT Pathways Program offers free Industry Certification Exam Preparation through convenient online tutoring and mentoring sessions. SCF students who are enrolled in the Cyber/IT Pathways Program and pass industry certification exams are eligible for SCF scholarships for information technology and cybersecurity classes.

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SCF Courses Eligible for Scholarships

SCF students who have opted into the Cyber/IT Pathways Program are eligible for SCF scholarships. Participants who pass identified Cyber/IT industry certifications are eligible to receive scholarships for free enrollment in the SCF courses listed below. Each industry certification earned allows free enrollment in one course.  Students may earn a maximum of 2 scholarships per semester. Students must not have any blocks or holds on their account and must have satisfied prerequisites.  If you are unsure about prerequisites, you can meet with the Coding Academy Career and Success Coach for guidance.

The programs listed below have classes that qualify for SCF Scholarships. Students who pass eligible industry certification exams can earn scholarships to take any of the classes below. Please note that some classes have prerequisites. Other courses are for A.S. degrees only and may not transfer into A.A. degree programs. Finally, if a course is not listed in a student's degree plan, then financial aid will not pay for the course. Students can use the Cyber/IT scholarship to pay for classes that are not a part of desired degree plan. Many students choose additional courses to gain more IT/Cybersecurity knowledge and skills.

The Computer Programmer Certificate is designed to prepare students for internships and careers in computer programming and analysis. Some classes require prerequisites before you can take them.  These classes can be used toward the A.S. degree in Computer Information Technology. See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are Python Programming Specialist, Oracle Java Associate, HTML/CSS, and JavaScript Coding Specialist. 

CGS 1000 – Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2510 – Programming Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
CGS 2820 – Web Page Development (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2373 – Programming Concepts II (3 Credit Hours)
CGS 1543 – Database Design and Implementation (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2250 – Java Programming I (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2805 – Java Programming II (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2842 – Developing Websites Using PHP/MYSQL (3 Credit Hours)
CEN 2361 – Mobile Device Software Development (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2321 – Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2931 – Current Issues in Computing (3 Credit Hours)

The Computer Programming Specialist Certificate is a fully transferable A.A. certificate designed to prepare students for internships and careers in software and web development. Some classes require prerequisites before you can take them.  These classes can be used as A.A. electives and can transfer with A.A. degrees.  See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are Python Programming Specialist, Oracle Java Associate, and CIW Database Industry Certification. 

CGS 1000 – Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2510 – Programming Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
CGS 1543 – Database Design and Implementation (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2250 – Java Programming I (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2805 – Java Programming II (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2321 – Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (3 Credit Hours)

The Graphic Design Certificate is designed to prepare students for internships and careers in graphics and web design. Some classes require prerequisites before you can take them.  These classes can be used toward the A.S. degree in Graphics Design Technology. See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and WordPress. 

GRA 2121C – Communication Design (3 Credit Hours)
GRA 2142C – Web Design I (3 Credit Hours)
GRA 2143C – Web Design II (3 Credit Hours)
GRA 2160C – Web Basic Animation (3 Credit Hours)
GRA 2723C – Web Design III (3 Credit Hours)
GRA 2949 – Internship in Graphic Design (3 Credit Hours)
GRA 2950C – Professional Practices (3 Credit Hours)

The Information Technology Analysis Certificate is designed to prepare students for internships and careers in systems support and information technology. Some classes require prerequisites before you can take them.  These classes can be used toward the A.S. Network Systems Technology degree.  See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are Microsoft Office, Microsoft Fundamentals, CompTIA ITF+, CompTIA A+, CompTia Network+, and CIW Database Design. 

CGS 1000 – Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
CGS 1570 – Integrated Business Apps Software (3 Credit Hours)
CGS 2820 – Web Page Development (3 Credit Hours)
CGS 1543 – Database Design and Implementation (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 1150 – Microcomputer Hardware and Maintenance (3 Credit Hours)
CET 1600 – Networking Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2321 – Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2931 – Current Issues in Computing (3 Credit Hours)

This Network Infrastructure Certificate is designed to prepare students for internships and careers within the field the information technology and cybersecurity. This certificate program is part of the Network Systems Technology AS degree program.  See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+. 

CET 1600 – Networking Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CET 1605 – CCNA1 Introduction to Networks (3 Credit Hours)
CET 1610 – CCNA2 Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials (3 Credit Hours)
CET 2615 – CCNA3 Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2510 – Programming Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 1355 – Security Engineering (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 1150 – Microcomputer Hardware and Maintenance (3 Credit Hou

This Network Security Certificate is designed to prepare students for internships and careers within the fields of network administration and cybersecurity. This certificate program is part of the Network Systems Technology AS degree program.  See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are AWS Cloud Practitioner, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Cloud Essentials+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.

CGS 1000 – Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 1150 – Microcomputer Hardware and Maintenance (3 Credit Hours)
CET 1600 – Networking Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 1355 – Security Engineering (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2143 – Server Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2375 – Cloud Services (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2321 – Linux System Administration (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2510 – Programming Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2121 – Cybersecurity Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2931 – Current Issues in Computing (3 Credit Hours)

The Network Server Administration Certificate is designed to prepare students for network administration and server security. Some classes require pre-requisites before you can take them.  These classes can be used toward the A.S. degree in Graphic Design Technology. See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are AWS Cloud Practitioner, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Cloud Essentials+,  CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and Microsoft Server.

CGS 1000 – Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 1150 – Microcomputer Hardware and Maintenance (3 Credit Hours)
CET 1600 – Networking Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 1355 – Security Engineering (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2321 – Linux System Administration (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2143 – Server Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2375 – Cloud Services (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 2931 – Current Issues in Computing (3 Credit Hours)

The Network Support Technician Certificate is designed to prepare students for internships and careers in computer programming and analysis. Some classes require pre-requisites before you can take them.  These classes can be used toward the A.S. degree in Computer Information Technology. See more details about the classes here.

Related industry certifications are CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+. 

CGS 1000 – Computer Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
COP 2510 – Programming Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 1150 – Microcomputer Hardware and Maintenance (3 Credit Hours)
CET 1600 – Networking Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)
CIS 1355 – Security Engineering (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2321 – Linux System Administration (3 Credit Hours)
CTS 2143 – Server Fundamentals (3 Credit Hours)

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Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is yes! The program helps everyone who wants a career in information technology / cybersecurity.  These jobs include cloud computing, web development, computer specialist, network administrators, security analyst, and digital designers. 

  • You must be a Florida Resident.
  • You must be willing to work hard to prepare for and pass industry certification exams. 
  • You must meet with the Coding Academy Career and Success Coach to discuss your career goals and objectives.
  • A program for all Florida residents (degree seeking, non-degree seeking, and continuing education students like Coding Academy students)
  • Free Industry Certification Exam Preparation Program (CEPP)
  • Free industry certification exam vouchers (CompTIA, Microsoft, etc..)
  • Application fee waiver for those who want to become SCF students
  • Scholarships for SCF students who pass industry certifications
  • STEM camps for 2nd – 12th grade students focusing on cybersecurity
  1. Certification Exam Preparation Program (CEPP) is open to all Florida residents
  2. Free access to online industry certification preparation software
  3. Free industry certification practice tests
  4. Access to free tutoring and mentoring through CRAM sessions
  5. Free industry certification exam voucher upon passing practice exams

CRAM stands for Certification Review And Mentoring.  These sessions are 1:1 or group student sessions with a subject matter expert who serves as a facilitator or mentor to help you.  The facilitator helps students prepare for industry certification exams.  Students reserve time with facilitator/mentor to practice and review for industry certification tests. Students may attend as many CRAM sessions as needed to prepare for industry certifications.  Missed CRAM appointments may disqualify students for scholarships.  

Scholarships are for SCF students who are in the Cyber/IT Pathways Program. To earn the scholarship for information technology and cybersecurity courses at SCF, students should do the following: 

 1. Opt-in to the Cyber/IT Pathways Program by meeting with the SCF Coding Academy Success and Career Coach to determine which industry certification is right for your educational and career goals.

2. Attend at least three CRAM sessions (1:1 or group tutoring/mentoring sessions) with a facilitator to prepare to pass industry certification exams.

3. Pass the identified industry certification while in the Cyber/IT Pathways Program.

4. Be an eligible SCF student without any holds on your registration record. 

Eligible SCF students are able to register for classes for the semester in which a scholarship will be used. Eligible students do not have any holds or bars that prevent them from registering for classes. Eligible students have also met all prerequisites needed for the course in which they will use the scholarship.

Industry certification exams are taken after the student has passed a practice test and has attended at least three CRAM sessions. Industry certification exams are provided at no cost to students who have opted into the Cyber/IT Pathways Program and attended at least three CRAM sessions.

The scholarship covers the cost of tuition for eligible courses for SCF students who are Florida residents, have opted into the Cyber/IT Pathways program and who pass their industry certification exams.

Contact us at coding@scf.edu or fill out the Request Info form above.