BUSINESS UPDATES | Hermitage company launches cybersecurity center

LindenPointe Development Corp.’s eCenter in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, is launching the Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center.
LindenPointe Development Corp.’s eCenter in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, is launching the Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center. (Photo provided)

LindenPointe Development Corp.’s technology business incubator, the eCenter, 3580 Innovation Way, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, has launched a cybersecurity center.

The Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center’s mission is to create and manage a collaborative cybersecurity ecosystem with regional businesses, high schools, community colleges and universities and will be an incubator for cybersecurity startups.

“With approximately 16,000 open cybersecurity positions in Pennsylvania alone, and more than 600,000 across the country, the Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Center represents an opportunity for our area to become a leader in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals,” Jeffrey Meier, executive director at LindenPointe Development Corp., said in a news release.

The center is the first of its kind in the state and will focus on providing a holistic approach to cybersecurity pathways for individuals with training and certifications, real-world, hands-on experience and paid internship and apprenticeship opportunities, the release states.

The center’s first pilot program will begin in February with an anticipated 30 students from area high schools and colleges, including Hickory, Sharpsville, Greenville, Sharon, Farrell, Penn State Shenango, Thiel College and Westminster College.

YCSD appoints communications and public relations specialist

The Youngstown City School District has hired Stacy Quiñones as the new communications and public relations specialist.

Quiñones has more than 10 years of experience in the communications and nonprofit sectors, including serving as a communications adjunct instructor, working with first-generation college students in college prep and overseeing communications at a university foundation.

“Stacy’s vast skills as a communications professional, as well as her prior roles in higher education, make her an asset to the YCSD team,” Justin Jennings, YCSD CEO, said in a news release. “We are thrilled to have her as a part of the next chapter for YCSD as we prepare for the future.”

Quiñones will be responsible for the school district’s overall communications, fielding media requests, digital engagement and working directly with the CEO and the YCSD leadership team to develop communications strategies, the release states.

“I am beyond excited to be working with Youngstown City Schools and being hands-on to continue to tell the district’s story,” Quiñones said in the release. “It is a great honor to serve scholars and families of YCSD, and I greatly look forward to what lies ahead.”

Autism Society of Mahoning Valley elects 5 new board members

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley recently elected five new members to its board of directors.

The new members are:

“We are excited to bring these five amazing professionals to serve on the board,” Aundréa Cika Heschmeyer, board chair, said in a news release. “The board has a direct impact on improving programs and resources for Mahoning Valley families affected by autism. This influx of new energy will do great things.”

League of Women Voters to host virtual Legislative Brunch

The League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown will host a virtual Legislative Brunch from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event will include U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman; U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson and Tim Ryan; and state Rep. Michelle Lepore-Hagan.

The event is free, but advance registration is requested.

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