Sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, designation establishes the College as cybersecurity academic trailblazer
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College recently became officially designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2019, a feat that establishes the College as one of the nation’s academic trailblazers in the area of cybersecurity.
Jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the CAE2Y program recognizes colleges and universities that have made significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing a number of professionals with cyber defense expertise and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.
“In a nutshell the CAE2Y program is designed to prepare our students to meet the nation’s cybersecurity needs, keep the talent pipeline primed, share expertise and serve as vehicles for growth,” said Zackary Hubbard, program chair for the College’s Computer Technology Integration program. “Our security program was heavily vetted by the NSA and they were particularly happy with our work to secure articulation agreements with four-year institutions such as Champlain and Catawba College.”
Currently, there are only a small number of educational institutions nationwide with this specific designation, and Rowan-Cabarrus is one of only two community colleges in the state of North Carolina.
“This prestigious recognition is not only an honor for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, it is an honor for the local community as a whole,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “We need people receiving training in high-tech, high-paying sectors like cybersecurity, and we need them receiving that training right here in Rowan and Cabarrus counties. I’m proud of Rowan-Cabarrus’ hard work in earning this designation, and I look forward to the dividends it will pay as we work to build and contribute to the economy.”
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s ongoing curricula development, to include specializations in cyber security, cybercrime and networking technologies, contributed to the institute earning this accreditation.
Participation in the CAE2Y program at Rowan-Cabarrus is facilitated through the Computer Technology Integration (CTI) Associate in Applied Science degree program.
“Under our CTI umbrella, two specializations are available for the Information Assurance (IA)/ Cyber Defense (CD) area: Cyber Crime & Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. Under each specialization, students also have the availability to earn certificates by completing the required courses in each area,” said Linda Cooper, instructor for the College’s cyber security, digital forensics, and networking courses.
The CAE2Y program will also give Rowan-Cabarrus students eligibility for internship placement assistance from the NSA and DHS, field trips and experiences with the agencies and more.
Upon completion of the program, participants will be prepared for lucrative careers in both local and national industries such as law enforcement and banking.
For more information on the CAE2Y program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/sbmit/cae2y/.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College please visit www.rccc.edu/apply2016 or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January of 2016.