Through IMPACT, employers can build employee skills, improve employee effectiveness and retention and meet Enterprise competency objectives. By investing in IMPACT, partners will benefit from highly-qualified employees taught efficiently and effectively by some of the university’s top faculty.

Our Value to Employers


Improve critical skills

Improve your employees' competencies — the skills and experiences they bring to their jobs — and build a talent pipeline.



Fixed cost system allows employees to receive access to all of IMPACT's certificate programs.


Increase Retention

Provide an effective training program that increases internal retention and acquisition. 

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What is IMPACT?


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

IMPACT is a first-of-its-kind program among four-year public institutions in Virginia. Presently, IMPACT offers a cybersecurity certificate program delivered online in an asynchronous, self-paced manner. The program is available at a fixed cost, regardless of the timeframe in which it is completed.

The IMPACT program:

  • Covers five out of seven domains of the NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • Compliant with DoD 8140 directive
  • Directly aligned with national standards:
    • National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
    • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
  • Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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Partner with Us

IMPACT’s current partners range from public and private companies and government localities to companies founded and owned by Radford University’s accomplished alumni.

IMPACT is hitting a sweet spot of need. The cyber industry is so thin right now, and we need qualified professionals to fill these positions. These employees are going to help us maintain our mission of protecting information systems across the United States. They will hit the ground running.”

Tim Schaad

Director of Cyber Range Training

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IMPACT Innovations

  1. Virtual reality lab provides innovative learning experience for students, faculty »


    From the top of Mt. Everest to the inside of a human skeleton, Radford University’s Virtual Reality (VR) Lab can take students, well, virtually anywhere.

  2. Historic grant propels Radford University to national forefront »


    Radford University's IMPACT program was awarded a historic three-year, $13.8 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program. The grant began on Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2020 and is the largest grant in the history of Radford University and boosts Radford’s annual grant funding by more than 50 percent in the first fiscal year.

  3. President Hemphill cites university’s progress and momentum in his first Radford University State of the University address »


    In his inaugural State of the University address to the Radford University family, President Brian O. Hemphill reflected on a successful 2016-17 academic year and looked toward a bright academic future.

  4. Radford University awarded NSA grant to boost cybersecurity outreach »


    Radford University is the recipient of a $140,250 National Security Agency (NSA) grant that will enhance the university’s robust cybersecurity outreach.