The Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab is currently focused on three main workforce development areas: cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence and education.
The Cybersecurity Certificate program enables working adults to learn online, at their own pace, to master critical cybersecurity workplace competencies. The Cybersecurity Certificate Program is mapped directly to industry standards (e.g., NIST) and professional certifications (e.g., CompTIA Security+). The program also provides extensive hands-on experience in state-of-the-art virtualized remote labs. In addition, Radford University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Certificate program prepares learners to succeed in the geospatial intelligence field. Learners develop knowledge directly related to the core competencies of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). The program focuses on geospatial problem-solving skills, data fusion, geospatial technologies, and applications of these to disaster response, emergency management, infrastructure and resource management, military and policy operations, big data analysis and cyber security. Learners completing the certificate program will be able to use the geospatial analysis techniques, skills and tools to derive meaningful information from geospatial data, solve geospatial intelligence problems in multiple situations and communicate their findings in a professional manner to both professional and public audiences.
The Appalachian Support for Specialized Education Training (ASSET) program includes the development, implementation and evaluation of online, self-paced, competency-based education (CBE) training designed to increase teacher effectiveness and workforce capacity in underserved rural communities in Appalachia. The ASSET program will increase the number of highly effective teachers in rural Appalachian communities by providing micro-credentials in evidence-based practices. The ASSET program will develop a unique set of 5 micro-credentials in high demand areas such as Inclusive Literacy Instruction for Elementary General Curriculum Classrooms. All CBE content and experiences will incorporate simSchool simulations based on the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guides to increase teacher effectiveness. The ASSET program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant (SEED) Program.