Preparing today's professionals to meet tomorrow's challenges.

Radford University is delivering Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training (IMPACT): a competency-based education (CBE) workforce development program focused on cybersecurity.

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What makes IMPACT unique

  • Curriculum designed for professionals by professionals
  • Improve employee effectiveness
  • Accommodating busy working individuals
  • Structured, self-paced courses
  • Delivered asynchronously online
  • Designed to improve knowledge retention and skill application
  • Content and delivery embeds learning sciences, analytics, scenario-based learning and gamification principles
  • Virtual testing lab for each student
  • Collaborative environment to support networking with experts and students
  • Meet 5 out of the 7 Domains of the DoD 8140 directive
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IMPACT Cybersecurity Certifications

  • Directly aligned with industry standards:
    • National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST)
    • National Institute for Cyber Education (NICE)
  • Focused on professional certification exams:
    • CISSP
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Network+
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What is comptency-based education (CBE)

Competency-based education (CBE) is a training approach that uses the assessment of student learning as credit for education rather than a measurement of credit hours or seat time.

CBE decouples learning from time-based models, such as three-hour courses and 14-week semesters that use the Carnegie Unit as a metric for learning.

The most effective and scalable CBE approach uses an online platform to deliver asynchronous, self-paced learning modules aligned with workplace competencies.

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Contact us to learn more about IMPACT


For any questions, you may also contact Matt Dunleavy, Ph.D., executive director of IMPACT, at or 540-831-7168.