CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says the city's community colleges will be the first in the nation to offer cybersecurity training modeled after federal government programs.

Emanuel and the Department of Defense are scheduled to debut the program Wednesday afternoon. The mayor's office says the new initiative will help prepare City Colleges of Chicago students for highly skilled tech jobs. The pilot program will offer a boot camp this spring that simulates the intensive, six-month course government personnel take at Fort McNair in Washington.

Those who complete the Chicago boot camp will take a cybersecurity test to earn a sought-after industry certification.

The city and the federal defense department are partnering to invest $1.5 million in the effort. The boot camp will be at Wilbur Wright College on the city's Northwest Side.