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Workforce Tools for Talent: Cybersecurity & Digital Skills Training

About the Session

Cybersecurity

Kansas has over 7,000 open positions in cybersecurity with cybersecurity professionals earning an average salary of $100,000 and a growing threat environment, EnterpriseKC, through a grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce, is focused on building up Kansas as a cybersecurity center of excellence. Talent is the focus of our efforts. EnterpriseKC is building tools focused on cybersecurity talent assessment, a talent exchange, and a robust training platform through a newly developed cyber range. Other efforts include increasing the number of people interested in cybersecurity through engagement initiatives. Through industry partnerships, academic alignment, and ecosystem development, all industries in Kansas will benefit from the development of a cybersecurity center of excellence.

Digital Skills Training

More than 30 million Americans struggle to use a computer, and half of all Americans say they are not confident in using technology to learn. Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas is working to change that for Kansans by expanding access to digital skills, creating equitable pathways into high-quality tech careers and fostering inclusivity. WA is one of only five organizations nationwide selected for the prestigious Public Sector Digital Jobs Innovation Project by Jobs for the Future (JFF). This initiative, also supported by Google.org and IBM, helps individuals reskill and thrive in the tech industry through hands-on, practical, and rigorous digital training programs.

About the Speakers

Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Trent Armbrust

Trent Armbrust

EnterpriseKC, Executive Director
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Trent Armbrust

EnterpriseKC, Executive Director

Trent joined EnterpriseKC in the fall of 2022 after 3 years at the Kansas Department of Commerce where he served as Chief Strategy Officer and led the Office of Innovation. Prior to Commerce, Trent was the Director of Economic Development for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Topics of professional focus are strategy development, partnership building, and cluster analysis. Trent earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Kansas State University and a certificate from Economic Development Institute. Trent is a member of the Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, the NBAF IACUC, past chair of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Community Liaison Group and past chair of the Johnson Cancer Research Center. Outside of work Trent enjoys taking walks with his wife, visiting his adult children, traveling, wine tasting, and attending live performances and sporting events.

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Flagship Ad Astra Technology Summit Speaker Kaitlyn Downey

Kaitlyn Downey

Workforce Alliance, Digital Skills Coordinator
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Kaitlyn Downey

Workforce Alliance, Digital Skills Coordinator

Kaitlyn Downey, a Texas native, joined the Workforce Alliance in the fall of 2022 as the Digital Skills Coordinator, heading the Digital Skills Innovation Project. Ms. Downey’s driving goal is to bring opportunity awareness and support tangible onramps to high quality tech careers specifically among individuals currently underrepresented in the IT sector, including women, people of color and members of our rural communities. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Ms. Downey also has experience in finance and corporate training. She has fallen in love with the city of Wichita, where she currently resides with her three rescue dogs and adopted cat.

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