Become a CICESS GP Apprentice

Learn how to develop software secure from cyber attacks, hackers, and data breaches, and get paid for your on-the-job training

0-300x108Do you like to code, or think you might? Does a career in writing software that is secure from outside attacks appeal to you? If so, CICESS GP wants you!

CICESS GP is an apprenticeship program focused on growing the number of skilled secure software development professionals in the Greater Peoria area. Local employers teamed up with Illinois Central College to build a workforce of skilled and experienced programmers.

How CICESS GP Benefits Apprentices

  • Get paid to learn—you earn income while attaining secure software development competencies and certifications
  • Get certified—achieve the following certifications: SEI Personal Software Process (PSP) Developer and the Associate of Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP).
  • Get your degree – receive your ICC Associate of Applied Science in Secure Software Development degree
  • Improve your chances of landing a job with the firm that trains you
  • Great work experience and training with minimal college costs

Apply to be a CICESS GP Apprentice

Fill out the application below and email it to Kate Cundiff at kcundiff@greaterpeoriaedc.org.

More Information on the CICESS GP Program

How does the program work?

Students in the Illinois Central College (ICC) Associate of Applied Science in Secure Software Development degree program take an assessment in order to qualify for the CICESS GP program.

Employers partner with CICESS GP and hire through the fall and spring semesters (hire deadline: March 31). 

At the end of the spring semester, apprentices begin work for their employers.

What is the apprentice’s school curriculum?

CICESS GP is the first Secure Software Apprenticeship Program in the nation. The inaugural class began in the Fall of 2015 at ICC and is using the Standard Software Assurance Curriculum developed by Software Engineering Institute/Carnegie Mellon University under funding by the Department of Homeland Security.

When are apprentices in school, and when are they with their employer?

Each semester, apprentices spend blocks of weeks learning in a classroom at ICC, followed by blocks of weeks with their employer.

What workforce credentials will the apprentice achieve?

The apprentice will achieve the following credentials: ICC Associate of Applied Science in Secure Software Development, SEI Personal Software Process (PSP) Developer and the Associate of Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP).

Ready to Participate?

If you are a student and would like to find out if you are eligible for this Apprenticeship Program, visit the course catalog or contact Julie Howar.