Second Chances Program

According to the United Nations' office on Drugs and Crime, imprisonment disproportionately affects individuals and families living in poverty. When an income generating member of the family is imprisoned the rest of the family must adjust to this loss of income, exacerbated by the new expenses that must be met - such as the cost of a lawyer and transport to prison for visits and so on. When released, often with no prospects for employment, former prisoners are generally subject to socio-economic exclusion and are thus vulnerable to an endless cycle of poverty, marginalization, criminality and imprisonment. Thus, imprisonment contributes directly to the impoverishment of the prisoner, of his family (with a significant cross-generational effect) and of society by creating future victims and reducing future potential economic performance.

According to the Federal Register, a notice by the Prison Bureau of Washington, DC dated 07/19/2016, the fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in Fiscal Year 2015 was $31, 977.65 ($81.60/day). Investing in impoverished communities by offering attainable educational opportunities that will ignite a cycle of productivity is in the best interest of the local community and its associated government. When individuals are actively engaged in their communities, working and supporting their families, the community is safer, their families are more economically secure and the change in cognition and behavioral response is generational.

National Cyber Security University is seeking to offer individuals who are at risk of being a casualty of this vicious cycle an opportunity to learn a marketable and profitable skill in the field of cyber security that can potentially free them and their future generations from this crippling cycle.

In 2014, it was estimated that cyber crime reached over $3 Billion. In 2016, it was estimated that cyber crime reached $100 Billion. This only means that cyber crime is consistently increasing and there appears to be no end in sight. According to, by the end of May, 2017, there were 7,864 unfilled Cyber Security jobs in Washington, DC and surrounding areas.  

NCSU – Second Chances Program 

There are two essential objectives that must be met before the student can move forward in the program:

  • Effectively demonstrate an ability to be committed to discussed work values and reject old ways of thinking that may inhibit long term success. 
  • Demonstrate an ability to work well with mentors who will assist in long term success throughout the lifetime of the use of their certification.


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