At IMPACT, we understand that as a working professional, your time is valuable. Our structured, self-paced learning activities are designed for busy adults and delivered asynchronously online. Our competency-based training approach teaches specific, job-related skills that will prepare you to get ahead in your field. The innovative competency-based education model allows you to receive credits based on skills developed by your previous work experience.
A New Way to Learn
Teaches job-related skills tailored to meet the needs of business and industry.
Structured, self-paced learning activities delivered asynchronously online.
Competency-based education model allows learners to receive skill-based credits for quicker certification.
Collaborative environment encourages networking with experts and other learners.
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. With the launch of IMPACT, Radford University boldly stepped forward as a key partner in the rapidly developing Virginia workforce in cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence and future high demand areas.
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. Working professionals who successfully complete the cybersecurity program earn 18 credit hours and will be prepared for professional certification exams.
Improve your Skills and Enhance your Career
Prepare for professional certification exams*
- SANS GCIH*
- SANS GPEN*
- CompTIA Security+
- CompTIA Network+
- CISCO CCENT
*Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation will be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.
What is Competency-Based Education?
IMPACT is aligned with the competency-based education (CBE) approach, which focuses on teaching specific job-related skills that are needed to perform a critical task in the workplace.
This non-traditional teaching approach decouples learning from time-based models, such as three-hour credit courses and 14-week semesters, and enables IMPACT to empower working adults in Virginia with career-advancing skills.
The CBE approach uses an online platform to deliver asynchronous, self-paced learning modules aligned with workplace competencies.
Learn from Skilled Faculty
Radford University's top faculty within geospatial intelligence and computer science will provide you with the skills you need to complete your certification and excel at your career.
Andrew Foy, Ph.D.
- B.S. in geography; M.S. in geography; Ph.D. in geospatial and environmental analysis
- Specialities: Uncertainity in GIS, spatial statistics, biogeography, WebGIS/GIS programing and GIS applications for natural resources
Hwajung Lee, Sc.D.
- B.S. in computer science; M.S. in computer and communication networks; Sc.D. in computer networks and communications security
- Specialities: Computer networks and network security
R. Stockton Maxwell, Ph.D.
- B.A. in psychology, M.S. in forestry; Ph.D. in Geography
- Specialities: Forest ecology, dendrochronology, paleoclimatology, vegetation dynamics and ecological modeling with applications to resource management
Jeff Pittges, Ph.D.
- B.S. in math and computer science; M.S. in computer science; Ph.D. in computer science
- Specialities: Data warehousing, data mining, data security, web services and computer science education
Prem Uppuluri, Ph.D.
- BEngg in computer science and engineering; M.S. in computer science; Ph.D. in computer science
- Specialities: Computer security and operating systems
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.
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.
Radford University is the recipient of a $140,250 National Security Agency (NSA) grant that will enhance the university’s robust cybersecurity outreach.
The Radford University Board of Visitors (BOV) approved a resolution at the Sept. 15 campus BOV meeting that recognizes the university’s brand new competency-based education program, Innovative Mobilized Personalized Accelerated Competency Training.