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June 27: MN Cyber Career Expo

Demand for cybersecurity professionals in Minnesota is expected to grow faster than other positions. Cybersecurity professionals are critical to organizational growth and success and employers are seeking them.

The MN Cyber Career Expo is open to students and alumni and will be 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, Metropolitan State State, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. 7th St.

Recruiting companies and employers expected to attend include: 3M, Ameriprise Financial, Experis, Mayo Clinic, Metropolitan Council, Protocol 46, RSM US LLP, State of Minnesota IT Services, Target Corporation, UnitedHealth Group, US Bank, and Xcel Energy.

RSVP here:

The event is hosted by the Career Center and MN Cyber. For more information, visit; call 651.793.1528 or email

Metropolitan State welcomes Nagasaki University exchange

St. Paul Nagaski Sister City Council and Metropolitan State extended a warm welcome over the weekend to Professor Takayuki Miyanishi and student Jianz “Kathy” Chen. The Cherry Tree Celebration on Saturday was complete with taiko drummers, dancers and cooperative weather. Sunday was a special dinner coordinated by the SPNSCC to celebrate the student exchange between Metropolitan State and Nagasaki University and the many other Minnesota-Japan cultural exchange organizations and volunteer. Chen started class this week doing environmental science field research and next week will start a communications course. Two Metropolitan State students will attend Nagasaki University in August.

Pioneer Press: Historian, writer and Metropolitan State instructor Anne Webb dies

Anne Webb
Anne Webb

Anne Webb was a faculty member of Metropolitan State University in the College of Arts and Science. She died May 18 at age 87 in  Bloomington.

A celebration of Webb’s life is set for 4 p.m. June 9 at the Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations to be made in Webb’s memory to Minnesota Public Radio.

– Pioneer Press

Metropolitan State University presented with Governor’s Safety Award

Metropolitan State University was recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on Thursday, May 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Metropolitan State is one of 279 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. It is also the first university in the state  to achieve the recognition.

“Metropolitan State University enhanced its commitment to a healthy and safe environment last June and is very pleased to have received recognition for our efforts,” said Mark Lenling, Metropolitan State University’s environmental, health and safety officer.

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, as well as on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

  • Meritorious Achievement (182 winners): Incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.
  • Outstanding Achievement (59 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51-90 percent better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.
  • Award of Honor (38 winners): Incidence rates at least 91 percent better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Metropolitan State received a Meritorious Achievement Award based on data recognizing that incidence rates are better than the industry average for at least three years with an above average score on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.

The Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon is part of the 84th annual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. The conference is the oldest and largest gathering of workplace safety and health professionals in the region. The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries.

Raj Sethuraju: ‘When white people call the cops on people of color,’ MPR News

Raj Setheraju, assistant professor in the School of Law Enforcement at Metropolitan State, speaks with Brandt Williams of MPR News about recent incidents in the news and “why people of color are so quickly categorized as engaging in ‘suspicious behavior.’ ”

MPR News, May 29, 2018.

Photos: Latino Family Night

Metropolitan State University welcomes Latino students and their families to Latino Family Night, April 12, 2018 in the Great Hall, New Main. Attendees are provided information about the university, admissions, scholarships, FAFSA and the Minnesota Dream Act, and resources available to assist them.

Contact Assistant Director and Chicano/Latino Liaison Karina Moreno D’Silva at 651-793-1308 or with any further questions.

Relocated Food for Thought, Student Parent Center now open

Food for Thought
Food for Thought is located at Saint Johns Hall, L10.

Food for Thought and the Student Parent Center are now open in a new location.

Food for Thought is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Saint Johns Hall, L10.


The Student Parent Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday in Saint Johns Hall, L14.


MN Cyber opens premier regional training facility for cybersecurity professionals at Metropolitan State University

The opening of the MN Cyber Range, the first of its kind in Minnesota, represents a unique opportunity for Metropolitan State University and its partners to address upcoming cybersecurity workforce demands.

With this installation of the MN Cyber Range powered by the Cyberbit training and simulation platform, Cyberbit Range, MN Cyber and Elbit Systems of America are addressing the challenges of accelerating the certification of new cybersecurity experts, and providing training, skills, knowledge and credentials necessary to professionals in information technology and cybersecurity career fields.

The event, celebrated May 16 at Metropolitan State University, included a tour of the training classroom and a demonstration of the MN Cyber Range training platform’s capabilities. The MN Cyber Range simulator platform is the first and only Cyber Range in Minnesota.

The U.S. cybersecurity workforce shortage is expected to reach 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2019; an industry survey in February put the number of vacant cybersecurity positions statewide at over 5,400.This shortage of IT professionals with the necessary skills, certifications, and problem-solving and teamwork aptitudes to meet cybersecurity industry needs in Minnesota and the nation is expected to persist for years, and presents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals. Computer science and information security graduates working in cybersecurity can expect to earn a six-figure salary by mid-career (Cyberbit).

The event featured remarks from such distinguished Minnesota guests as Rep. Tony Albright (MN Dist. 55B); Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne, Commissioner and CIO of Minnesota IT Services; Sharon Kennedy-Vickers,director of Technology and Communications for the City of Saint Paul; and Adjutant Gen. Jon Jensen of the Minnesota National Guard. Elbit Systems of America, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was represented by Scott Evers, vice president, and Angel Martinez, director of product development.

“This program is Metropolitan State’s most recent disruptive solution to a multi-sector human capital logjam. It provides students and career-changers with a laddered career path into the cybersecurity sector,” University President Virginia “Ginny” Arthur said at Wednesday’s event. “It’s happening because we asked, ‘How can we help?’ We thought outside the box and found outstanding partners. We planned in terms of months instead of years, opened the door to students, and got started.” Elbit Systems VP Scott Evers concurred: “We need to exponentially disrupt higher education to bring people into the classroom and drive an ‘innovation ecosystem.’ I’m convinced Metropolitan State is the place to make this happen.”

The purpose of the MN Cyber Range, headed by Executive Director Faisal Kaleem, is to position Minnesota as a national leader in cybersecurity through education, innovative public/private partnerships, interdisciplinary research, and community engagement. In addition to the MN Cyber Range, the organization’s outreach includes the MN Cyber Academy for training professionals, and MN Cyber Pathways, to interest youth K-12 in cybersecurity career fields.

“The most exciting thing about cybersecurity is that this field probably will never see its demise. The battle between the good and bad guys will never stop. No company, no matter the size or industry, is or will ever be immune to a cyber-breach. We all know technology alone goes only so far. It is the skilled workers who make the difference in protecting sensitive information. Ongoing training is the only solution that boosts agile response to powerful adversaries, who will always challenge organizations in a constantly evolving cybersecurity world,” says MN Cyber Executive Director Faisal Kaleem.

“Cybersecurity readiness is more important than ever,” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said in a pre-recorded video address( “This world-class cybersecurity training and simulation platform— the only military-grade cyber training facility in Minnesota — will go a long way in strengthening our state cyber security training capabilities. It will not only help bolster our workforce, but also provide training to agencies, companies and the Minnesota National Guard, ensuring our state is prepared for any kind of attack.”

Cybersecurity is a high-demand field with great industry need. The increasing incidence of cyber-attacks demands highly-qualified cybersecurity professionals. The MN Cyber Range is a simulator platform and has been used elsewhere to train and certify thousands of new IT and cybersecurity professionals. It allows security professionals to advance their careers by staying current in their skills and knowledge of cybersecurity attacks and threat detection. The MN Cyber Range provides up-to-date selections of authentic cybersecurity attack scenarios, including ransomware attacks and even “zero-day” vulnerabilities. Trainees operate in secure settings that accurately replicate network setups, using actual security tools and responding to attacks in the presence of typical network traffic. Classes at the MN Cyber Range training facility and simulation center are set to commence on June 4.

For more information, contact Kyle Swanson, dean of the College of Sciences, at 651-793-1681and, or Wilson Garland, executive director of Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence and MN Cyber, at (612) 659-7221 and Learn more at

Elbit Systems of America, headquartered in Fort Worth Texas for more than 25 years, is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets.

Cyberbit Range is a solution developed by Cyberbit, an Elbit Systems’ subsidiary. Cyberbit Range is a widely-deployed cybersecurity training and simulation platform, currently training and certifying thousands of cybersecurity professionals in training centers across the globe.

June 27: MN Cyber Career Expo

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The MN Cyber Career Expo  is for high-tech employers to meet with students from MN Cyber Academy, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State and DEED registered IT-Trained Veterans.

The event will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 27, at Metropolitan State University, Student Center, 690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

Employers that wish to exhibit should register using this link. The cost is $100 per company/employer. Registration closes June 15. Space constraints limit the event to 50 employers. Contact Faisal Kaleem  at 651-793-1238 or for more information.

The MN Cyber Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota provides candidates with the skills, knowledge and credentials required to successfully begin or advance a career in the fields of Information Technology and Cybersecurity. This program was designed by Metropolitan State and the Minnesota IT Center of Excellence, in collaboration with senior executives and technical staff from the Department of Defense, leading government contractors, and Fortune 500 companies.

Jobs that require cybersecurity know-how have a range of titles. The most common, according to the SANS Institute Cybersecurity Professional Trends survey, are Security Analyst, Security Engineer or Architect, Security/IT Director or Manager, CISO/CSO, Systems Administrator, Network Architect or Engineer, Forensics Investigator, Auditor, Systems Engineer or Integrator, among quite a few others.