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FCC Awarded $731,000 for New Cybersecurity Degree Program

10/03/2014

Frederick Community College has been awarded a $731,614 training grant to create a cybersecurity degree program in partnership with other Maryland community colleges.

With the grant, Frederick Community College will develop a cybersecurity degree program and enhance its offerings in Information Technology – with an emphasis on providing high-end training, internships and IT jobs to Marylanders including veterans and their families, low-skilled workers, and underrepresented groups. The program will lead to cyber-related careers including Computer Repair Technician, Computer Network Support Specialist, Computer User Support Specialist, and Information Security Analyst.

“This grant will enable FCC to provide our students with new, world-class credentials in cybersecurity,” said David Croghan, FCC’s Interim Vice President for Learning. “Our new program will allow students to earn industry credentials, and pursue a college degree that meets National Security Agency content standards. We are excited to participate in this initiative because it will accelerate the good work that is already underway at FCC.”

Students will receive specialized academic and career planning and job search support. Many employers in Frederick County have already committed to offering students internships. The four-year grant is slated to begin in fall 2015.

FCC is one of 14 Maryland community colleges that received $15 million for the “Cyber-Technology Pathways Across Maryland.” The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information please contact Dr. Andy Yao or 301.846.2410.