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Modules

200

Hours of instruction

200

Hours of labs

Course overview

Creating the next generation of Ethical Hackers

Divergence Academy is the very first institute bringing programs at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. Students graduate with sought-after knowledge, priming them for careers as tier 1 security engineers, threat analysts, and pen testers.

Essential Industry Skills: Harness the leading-edge tools ethical hackers use to identify threat vectors, decipher cryptographic messages, and defend the world from malicious activities.

Real-World Experience: Apply and develop advanced tool kits, understand the back-end of operating systems, and fight against real time threat actors.

$0 Upfront Tuition Options: Including income share agreements, scholarships, payment plans, and loans. Options start at $0 upfront, where available.

Dedicated Job Support at Every Step: Develop a winning portfolio, effective technical interview tactics, and more with your personal career coach.

Employer Network: Don’t settle. Our community of hiring partners includes the best companies across a range of growing industries.

Made With — and For — Employers: We work with our network of partners to ensure our continually updated program curriculum meets today’s demands on the job.

Student Experience

There are two courses offered, one scheduled as a 1o-week program from Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and the other as a 20-weekend program from Sat-Sun 8:00 AM-6:00 PM . Each course includes 200 hrs of theory and 200 hrs of hands-on labs.

Expert-Led Instruction That Gets You Job-Ready: Become an elite ethical hacker. Gain skills and collaborate with leading professionals through lectures, research exercises, and real-world simulations.

Exclusive Access to Leaders in Security: Our program offers countless opportunities to learn and engage with security professionals from around the world through guest speakers, alumni gatherings, and topical community events.

Gain a Valuable Professional Network: Transform and grow your career alongside peers (and potential collaborators) on campus and in our Connected Classroom. The DA community is a priceless resource — just ask our alumni.

Course Details

Network Foundations (Network+): The Network+ and Cloud Practitioner certifications are generally the benchmark of most entry-level positions in Information Technology. This module is designed to help you obtain valuable knowledge that can be applied beyond the classroom and within the workplace. This accelerated module  teaches the understanding of hardware and tools, networking and security skills, while providing the technical and performance-based exercises to make sure you are on the right track.

Security Necessities (Security+): This module focused on installation and configuration of systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations.

In addition, student learn the fundamental tools and concepts of Linux and Unix. Beginners develop a solid foundation in Linux/Unix and the command line, while advanced users discover new methods to optimize workflow and fill in gaps in their knowledge. Topics include basic file manipulation; basic and advanced file-system features; I/O redirection and pipes; text manipulation and regular expressions; managing jobs and processes; vi, the standard Unix editor; automating tasks with shell scripts; managing software; secure remote administration; and more.

Certified to Hack (CEH): Ethical hacking is the process of testing and validating an Information Technology system to determine its weaknesses and assess its vulnerabilities. Businesses and government organizations hire cyber-security professional to break past their online security systems so that they can recommend measures that help prevent denial of service, data theft, and fraud. Also known as penetration testers or information security analysts, ethical hackers identify potential threats and help mitigate the risk of a real cyber-attack. The purpose of this intermediate module is to help individuals master the core concepts of ethical hacking and develop the skills needed for future engagements.

Capture the Flag (CTF): Computer security represents a challenge to education due to its interdisciplinary and volatile nature. Topics in computer security are drawn from areas ranging from theoretical aspects of computer science to applied aspects of information technology management. This makes it difficult to encapsulate the spirit of what constitutes a computer security professional. One approximation for this measure has emerged: the ‘capture the flag’ competition. Attack-oriented (red team) CTF competitions try to distill the essence of many aspects of professional computer security work into a single short exercise that is objectively measurable. The focus areas that CTF competitions tend to measure are vulnerability discovery, exploit creation, toolkit creation, and operational trade craft.

Certifications: By the end of this course you will have the skills needed to acquire CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Open Doors to High-Growth Career Paths: Equip yourself to succeed in a ever evolving sector with help from DA’s expert network of industry insiders.

Student projects

Course overview

Graduate with a Professional Portfolio:

Instructors

Our instructors represent the brightest professionals from companies like Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and Sabre. They bring in-depth experience from the field to the classroom each day, providing invaluable insights into succeeding on the job.

Shane Walker, Dallas, ‎Cybersecurity Instructor

James Anderson, Dallas, ‎Cybersecurity Instructor

Kevin Koyle, Dallas, ‎Cybersecurity Instructor

Xerxes Cama, Dallas, ‎Cybersecurity Instructor

Logan Hillard, Cybersecurity Instructor

Career Support

Strategy and Accountability: Our Career Services team works with you to individualize your path to a new career. Stay on track and motivated from the first day of class!

Resume Review: Learn how to design and tailor your resume to land the career you are looking for. Remember: every word counts.

LinkedIn Optimization: LinkedIn profiles are now mandatory extensions of our resumes. Setting up a thoughtful, well-written profile is the make or break for many inquiring employers. Using industry tips and tricks, we’ll work with you to spruce up yours.

Interview Preparation: Set up mock interviews to nail the real thing. Learn to develop effective interview strategies, get detailed feedback, and reduce stress before actual interviews.

Networking Opportunities: Learn how to navigate uncharted networking waters, tap into our expanding Divergence Alumni network, and watch your support and contacts grow!

Calendar

Dates of courses

26 Oct

10/26/2020 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is October 17th. 

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

14 Nov

11/14/2020 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the front line against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 20-weeks long weekend program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is November 7th.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

30 Nov

11/30/2020 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is November 21st.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

18 Jan

01/18/2021 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is January 9th.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

22 Feb

02/22/2021 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is January 13th.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

29 Mar

03/29/2021 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is March 20th.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

03 May

05/03/2021 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is April 24th.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

07 Jun

06/07/2021 | Dallas, TX

Professional Penetration Testers are more than just Ethical Hackers, they are the frontline against malicious threats. We are currently accepting students for our 10-week program. Payment plans with no upfront costs and tuition assistance available.

Last day to enroll is May 29th.

Note: In the unlikely event we do not have 8 learners confirm their enrollment by deadline, the class may be postponed or you may be requested to move to another course date.

The Academy supports a full range of Financial Aid, Scholarship, Income Share Agreement, Education Loan and local Grant Programs for Data Science Immersive students. Follow the links below for details on each option

Tuition & Finance

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Admissions Process

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Income Share Agreement
Pay tuition back in manageable monthly installments after you land a job.
Not currently available to students outside the United States.
$0 upfront cost

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For U.S. veterans, military spouses, and dependents of veterans.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Scholarships

Apply for grants with your local Workforce Solutions Office, that provide career services to underrepresented communities in tech.

Loans

Apply for a loan from one of our high-quality lender – Skills.Fund.
Financing as low as $450 a month

Installments

Divide tuition into three payments.
Currently only available in select U.S. markets.

Full Tuition (With Pay Upfront Discount)

Admissions Tour

Come visit our new training facility

Schedule an Admissions tour with our team to explore our new 10,000 sq ft space. Grab a coffee and meet Bear (our reigning, four-legged Chief Happiness Officer), step into a classroom, or find a comfy lounge and chat with one of our many helpful staff, alumni, or students about their experience here at Divergence Academy.

Admissions Process

Step 1

Research

So you want to be an ethical hacker, social engineer, data analyst, data scientist, or data visualizer? Maybe you've heard the cloud is where it's at, or you're an industry veteran that needs a skills refresh. Ask Google, do some research, search profiles on LinkedIn, and ask questions. Curiosity and a knack for research are essential skills for a technologist. Spend some time and bring your questions to the next step.

Step 2

Apply

Let's talk through it: your background, chosen path, weekday or weekend schedule, funding options, and more. Schedule an appointment with our Admissions Team.

Step 3

Online Wookie Course

Curious folks, we will not make you wait to get started on your learning journey. You'll be enrolled from the get-go in either Data or Cyber Wookie. Each provides valuable resources to help our future data scientists or ethical hackers prep for the first day of class.

Step 4

Decision

Congrats! Your funding has been verified and you are accepted into the program. Be on the lookout for a personalized Acceptance Letter via e-mail. You can always call us at 833-DIVERGE.

Step 5

Orientation

Experiencing first day jitters? Here's how we can help.
A week before your program starts, our Community Manager will get you onboarded to the learning platform, walk you through TWC enrollment paperwork, and connect you with future classmates.

Step 6

Ask Questions

"Besides technology skills, what else will help me land a solid job?"
Soft Skills.
And guess what? You can start practicing TODAY.

Frequently asked questions

Divergence Academy follows a 16:1 student to teacher ratio. Classrooms are equipped with six foot training tables, swivel ergonomic chairs and computers for each student. Instructors have flexible desk for standing or sitting, big screen TVs to display, whiteboards and the same capabilities for remote delivery.

“The Army’s COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line), also known as Credentialing Assistance (CA) helps soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs.  The program can pay for courses and exams that lead to industry-recognized civilian credentials in an occupational area of your choice.”

“Civilian credentials are important for two reasons:

Career Advancement Civilian credentialing can contribute to military career development, and may be accepted for self-development requirements and in performance evaluations.

Smoother Transitions When you transition back to civilian employment, credentials help you translate your military training and experience into something civilian employers can easily recognize. That can help you get hired, get a better job, or be promoted sooner!”

“CA is subject to the same funding ceiling as Tuition Assistance (TA). A Soldier may use both TA and CA; however, you can’t get more than $4,000 total from both programs per fiscal year.”

“Eligible Soldiers include those who are: Regular Army, Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) pursuant to Title 10 and Title 32, U.S. Army Reserve (USAR), and Army National Guard (ARNG) in an active drilling status with a designation as satisfactory.”

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