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Enlightened’s Investment in Higher Education

Washington, DC. Oct 11, 2017: Enlightened, Inc., a national technology and management consulting firm in partnership with Howard University, officially launched the Howard University Cybersecurity Education and Research Center (CERC). The launch began with a development board meeting co-led by Antwanye Ford, CEO of Enlightened, Inc., and Dr. Rajni Goel, professor at Howard University’s School of Business. Prospective board members were comprised of business leaders, educators, and DC officials committed to developing opportunities in the District of Columbia. The high-powered meeting highlighted the three pillars of the initiative; Workforce Development, Executive Training and Research and Development. Board members charged with a new agenda to make cybersecurity an area of opportunity across disciplines for of the District.

“Institutions in the District train and develop students from all over the world whom then take job offers with firms in different parts of the nation. At Enlightened, our goals are to develop jobs that will make students of these institutions choose to stay in D.C. and invest in creating a smarter local workforce for the District that will add jobs to the local economy,” said Antwanye Ford, CEO of Enlightened, Inc.

Over the next few months, leadership will solidify and begin executing the strategic plan as they roll out CERC’s offerings to the general public.


About Enlightened – Enlightened is an award-winning company that provides Cyber Security, IT and management solutions to resolve complex business problems for federal, state, and local government agencies. Enlightened holds GSA IT-70 and MOBIS schedule contracts and is certified as a HUBZone and Small Business by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Additionally, Enlightened is rated CMMI-DEV Level 3 and CMMI-SVC Level 2 by the CMMI Institute. For more information please visit

About Howard University – Since its founding in 1867, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees and certificates in the arts, the sciences, and the humanities. With an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, and joint degree programs, spanning more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and colleges, the University is dedicated to educating students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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