Southeast Community College will receive a second year of funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a unique focus in cyber security as part of the Computer Information Technology program.
This award brings the total federal grant to $349,469.
The College received the first year’s funding in January 2014 through the NSF’s Advanced Technology Education program designed especially for two-year postsecondary institutions. Since that time, work has begun on developing cyber security curriculum.
The need for employee expertise in the area of information security is skyrocketing as companies and governments strive to protect their vital data. In today’s computer-connected world, no one is immune from the threat of data theft.
Curriculum is being developed with the assistance of CyberWatch, an ATE Center of Excellence that provides mentoring to two-year colleges that develop information security programs. Existing and new courses will be aligned to national standards.
Training in this focus will assist students in developing computer skills that are in high demand and command excellent wages. Some cyber security classes are already available in the CIT curriculum. The CIT program is located on the Lincoln Campus. Some courses are offered online. Persons interested are asked to contact Linda Bettinger or Jo Schuster, program co-chairs, at 402-437-2490 or 402-437-2492.