Kean University senior Alexis Jimenez has been awarded a scholarship to attend the SANS Institute’s CyberTalent Women's Academy. The institute is the largest and most trusted source for cybersecurity training.
Jimenez will attend 6-days of hands-on security courses, including coursework in forensic analysis, intrusion detection, and web app penetration.
"Being accepted by the SANS Cyber Talent Women's Academy made me realize that dreams can become reality,” said Jimenez. “I am officially on the path to my career."
The SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women was developed to encourage women to enter the cybersecurity industry. Academy participants receive intensive accelerated training designed to help them launch successful careers. The academy’s curriculum emphasizes practice over theory, promoting the acquisition of skill through hands-on training and real-world experiences.
The academy’s selective admissions process screens for candidates with high potential for success in cybersecurity. Candidates complete an online assessment, application, and interview. The program will provide Alexis with an opportunity to meet with Academy sponsors and other potential employers.
Jimenez, a Totowa, N.J. resident, was also included in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities (2016) for her community service and academic achievements. She will graduate in May with a B.S. in Information Technology.