2023 applications will be available to all WiCyS members with priority going to qualified female veterans.

Applications opening soon.

WiCyS DOL-Certified Apprenticeship Partner:



WiCyS is prioritizing qualifying female veterans.

Here are the reasons why we are prioritizing veteran members:

  • Military career experience can align nicely with cybersecurity careers
  • Female veterans make up 10% of the veteran population
  • However, female veterans have a higher likelihood of unemployment compared to male veterans, single parenthood compared to male veterans, and homelessness compared to female non-veterans


We are pleased to offer this opportunity for female members and veterans within the WiCyS community. To qualify there is no prior work experience required, but applicants must have basic knowledge of programming language and the aptitude/passion for cybersecurity. US citizenship is required.

Apprenticeship placements include:

  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • AWS Certified DevSecOps Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Analyst
  • NOC/SOC Analyst
  • And more

Qualifications for Applications?

Identified as a member of the WiCyS organization (with priorty to veteran members) 


Ready to join the WiCyS Apprenticeship Program (prioritizing veterans)?

Awesome! WiCyS, along with our apprenticeship partner, Smoothstack, and our employer partners are ready to honor YOU AND THOSE WHO SERVED by providing this training and apprenticeship opportunity to help pave your path into a thriving cybersecurity career! The 2021 cohort is currently full. Next round of applications available in 2022! 

WiCyS Provides:      

WiCyS Membership
Access to all WiCyS programs
WiCyS Mentorship
WiCyS Conference Scholarship
WiCyS Global Recognition

smoothstack Provides:        

Training and Industry Certifications
Pay Package at $55,000+ & 401K
Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
Paid Holidays
Relocation Assistance
Career Counseling
Professional Resume/Interview Skill Prep
Continued Professional Development

Industry Certifications:

CompTia Net+
CompTia Sec+
Cisco CyberOps 

All cohorts will receive training for certifications and vouchers for the tests (upon completion and request). The specific certifications will depend on the accepted job role.

WiCyS 2021 Veterans’ Apprenticeship Cohort

WiCyS 2021 Veterans’ Apprentice Cohort Impact:
100 Interviews
21 Veterans Selected
17 Final Recipients
8 Employed in Cybersecurity via Smoothstack
8 Employed in Cybersecurity
1 Finishing MS in Cybersecurity


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Join the WiCyS team as an Apprenticeship Employer Partner:

Employer Partner Benefits:

  • Globally recognized and branded as an employer partner in the WiCyS Apprenticeship Program
  • Announced in WiCyS news release, marketing materials, conference, etc. as an employer partner 
  • Save time and money by reducing recruiting efforts, we do the recruiting
  • Less turnover, apprentices stay with their employer
  • Reduced onboarding and training costs, we customize training so employees are ready to go on day 1
  • Apprentices/employees are already vetted and ready for seamless integration into the team
  • Employer partners enjoy diverse talent in this ready-made workforce

Employer Partner Qualifications:

  • Must be a WiCyS Tier 1 or Tier 2 strategic partner 
  • Budget and headcount approved to onboard a cohort of WiCyS Apprentices as hourly contractors
  • Have a defined skill set they can communicate to Smoothstack in order to customize the program to their specifications
  • Signed contract with Smoothstack

To become an Employer Partner, contact Lynn Dohm at [email protected]