Enhanced Cyber Security Program Curriculum Coming to NCC
Northampton Community College (NCC) has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $299,336 to implement “Building a Culturally Responsive Degree Program in Information Security.” The program’s focus is on meeting the growing regional need for cyber professionals by developing a Cyber Security program that is responsive to students’ life experiences, teaches to the skills needed by industry, and with the goal to be nationally designated as a Center of Academic Excellence for two-year colleges.
NCC will use the funds to launch a three-year comprehensive program that will result in an enhanced cyber security program curriculum that is aligned with Center of Academic Excellence two-year requirements and regional workforce needs; a recruitment plan that attracts underrepresented students into the cyber security field; a retention plan that supports completion, transfer, career placement and/or advancement; and a faculty/staff recruitment plan that meets future enrollment needs by incorporating strategies that will result in a diverse pool of qualified and culturally-competent candidates for computer science faculty positions.
“Workers with cybersecurity skills are needed in almost every industry sector including government, healthcare, finance, education, retail, and energy,” says Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC. “This grant will help us meet growing regional needs for this high-demand career while recruiting diverse students and supporting them through completion.”