ShutterstockNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has invited service members returning from the Middle East, students and career switchers to join a cyber battle this week for a spot at a community college program with residencies at critical sector companies, state officials told Nextgov.

The Brookdale Community College CyberCenter, similar to a medical teaching hospital, will assign aspiring network defenders to temporary posts at banks, the FBI and other organizations vital to American life, according to organizers.

In December, Christie’s office sent New Jersey Armed Forced veterans a letter encouraging them to participate in this week’s contest to win scholarships and recognition. Details on next steps, curricula and the full array of benefits were made public over the weekend, state officials said.

This development is a twist in a decade-long struggle to persuade raw talent to enter the short-staffed cybersecurity workforce. Many natural hackers of all ages spend their free time gaming and tinkering with code, but pursue more traditional degrees or computer science research positions.

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