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HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium

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HBCU Cybersecurity Program Structure & Overview

PROPEL HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium (HCC), in partnership with Southern Company, fosters collaboration between academia, industry, and government to close the cybersecurity skills gap and cultivate a diverse pipeline of highly skilled professionals equipped to address and solve the evolving cybersecurity needs of today and tomorrow.

The consortium will feature a resource and knowledge-sharing hub, advanced and ongoing training, and accelerated learning opportunities to help further prepare HBCU students and faculty for the ever-evolving cybersecurity industry. It combines ongoing training and education resources and is comprised of representatives from HBCUs with current cybersecurity curriculums and related industry coursework.

Empowering Tomorrow's Cyber Leaders

The HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium enhances student readiness with an industry-informed curriculum, connecting the global cybersecurity industry directly to highly qualified talent emerging from HBCUs nationwide. 

HBCU Cybersecurity Fellows Program

The HBCU Cybersecurity Fellows Program (HCFP) is as a key program of the Learning Innovation Center, designed to upskill HBCU faculty in cybersecurity.

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HBCU CyberChat

The HBCU CyberChat is a virtual speaker series designed to enhance the cybersecurity knowledge and awareness of students, faculty, and industry professionals within PROPEL’s HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium.

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HBCU Cybersecurity Accelerator

This program will guide students in designing a personalized learning plan aimed at securing a career in cybersecurity. Throughout this process, an accelerator mentor will provide support via structured and self-paced labs.

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HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium Steering Committee

Join the HBCU Cybersecurity Consortium Steering Committee. We will have 11 active members and no more than 15 members, reflecting a balance between industry representation and other key stakeholders.

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Equipping cybersecurity faculty and students with training and workforce readiness opportunities.


Create a hub that is recognized as the go-to place for driving advancements in the cybersecurity field, promoting cutting-edge research, developing progressive learnings and partnerships.


Create and sustain a culture of cybersecurity excellence at HBCUs; advance new initiatives in leadership and  the facilitation of learning; and support faculty and institutional stakeholder goals for professional development. 


Seamlessly integrate real-world/outside-the-classroom opportunities (from industry and government partners) within the traditional classroom to help students build abilities and skills before they enter the workforce.


Develop a diverse pipeline of graduates who are exceptionally qualified to fill key roles and make transformative contributions to government, industry and academia.

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Connecting Industry to Workforce-Ready Talent

By collaborating with the HCC, our industry partners gain access to a pool of highly skilled and motivated students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the nation. These students bring diverse perspectives and fresh ideas to the table, enriching your organization with their unique talents and experiences.


Become an Industry Partner

Join us as an industry leader in expanding the consortium and propelling the next generation of cybersecurity leaders forward. Let's collaborate to shape the future of the aspiring cybersecurity workforce together. For inquiries, please email



“Our hands-on training and career readiness programs ensure that students are well-prepared for the demands of the cybersecurity industry.”