$500K in scholarships available to Florida students to pursue the growing industry of cybersecurity

TAMPA, Fla. – Bisk, a global leader in online education, along with its partner Florida A&M University (FAMU), announced FAMU’s College of Science & Technology has received a $1.42M grant from the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity to launch online cybersecurity bootcamps targeting both adult and college learners.

This collaborative project between Bisk and one of the leading public HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) will prepare women and minorities — both underrepresented populations in the industry — for a career in the field of cybersecurity (the practice of protecting networks, programs and sensitive information from cyberattacks). A portion of the grant (approximately $500K) is allocated for scholarships to those meeting the necessary criteria to transition into the cybersecurity workforce to address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the state of Florida, the nation and globally.

“There is a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals and an inadequate representation of minorities and women in this field,” said Bisk’s Vice President, Academic Success Dr. Jennifer King. “This funding will enable residents in Florida access to virtual, instructor-led courses to pursue careers in this fast-growing, in-demand field to create a safer cyberspace.”

The 12-week fulltime (Bootcamp No. 1), 24-week part time (Bootcamp No. 2) and 48-week hybrid (Bootcamp No. 3; self-paced asynchronous content with instructor-led sessions) will develop, prepare and enhance students’ skills through virtual labs, assessments and real-life scenarios. The grant provides 60 fully funded scholarships for the bootcamps, which are open to all Florida residents from underrepresented communities who have received their Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED).  Students nearing the final semester of high school will also be considered for the scholarships on an individual basis. Bootcamps No. 1 and No. 2 launched early January 2023 with Bootcamp No. 3 launching in March 2023. Click here for more information or to enroll.

“FAMU provides students with an educational experience essential to their success and advancing their future,” said Richard Alo, Ph.D., dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology. “Providing scholarships and partnering with Bisk to offer Cybersecurity programs ensures this growing industry has representation and can meet the demand.”

About FAMU
Founded in 1887 and located in Tallahassee, Florida, FAMU is the third largest historically black university in the United States by enrollment and the only public historically black university in Florida. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Colleges Rankings, FAMU maintains its ranking as the top-rated public historically black college and university (HBCU). To learn more, visit famu.edu

About Bisk
Bisk partners with leading institutions to deliver online degree and certificate programs to learners around the world. We provide the resources, expertise, and technology to help institutions grow and students thrive. Through our online education services, we have supported more than one million enrollments for universities such as Villanova University, Michigan State University, University of South Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida A&M University, Emory University, Southern Methodist University, University of British Columbia, Vanderbilt University and Columbia Law School. Our mission is to amplify potential through transformational learning experiences. To learn more, visit bisk.com


MIAMI GARDENS, FL – In light of the recent events with the current pandemic, as well as the decision from Albany State to cancel the football season, the Orange Blossom Classic is disappointed to announce that the organizers will not be able to host the 2020 Orange Blossom Classic. The resurgence of the Orange Blossom Classic is significant to the community and looks forward to its return in 2021.

The organizers plan to usher in a new energy and experience during the Labor Day weekend showcase, which features Florida A&M University’s inaugural season in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) against Jackson State University in the 27th Annual Orange Blossom Classic presented by the AEA Education Foundation, Inc. The organizers apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your understanding and patience as they process refunds during these unprecedented times.

2020 Orange Blossom Classic Ticket returns

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Tickets purchased directly though Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Due to the overwhelming number of events, refunds can take up to 30 days.

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All other tickets purchased through Florida A&M University or Albany State University athletic departments, contact schools directly for refund policy.


About the Orange Blossom Classic

The Orange Blossom Classic was founded by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s president in 1993 in which FAMU beat Howard 9-0 in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. from 1993-1978, this was the must see game of the post season that helped establish the foundation of HBCU classics.

In 2021 Labor Day Weekend, the Orange Blossom Classic will return with Florida A&M University and Jackson State University. Our event was re-established to enhance the exposure of Historically Black College and Universities in the enriched community of Miami Gardens. Our event highlights the community’s exclusive interest in HBCUs and the roles that they play in educating aspiring professionals & developing our future leaders.

The Orange Blossom Classic will attract thousands of fans, alumni, school members and family members from these respected community with a goal to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come. Doing so, will help to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student.

Dr. Larry Johnson

PHOENIX, AZ – The Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona has selected Larry Johnson to be the next president of Phoenix College. The college enrolls more than 11,500 students according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African American make up 9 percent of the student body.

According to a source, Dr. Johnson has been serving as provost and chief academic officer at the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College. Prior to working in his recent post, Dr. Johnson served as associate dean for academic affairs at Broward College – South in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Earlier he taught at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where he majored in English literature. He holds a master’s degree in Medieval to Baroque Studies from Florida State University and Ph.D. in English literature from Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Johnson’s last day at Forest Park is June 30. He will begin at Phoenix College on July 1.