IT-Cybersecurity Specialist Program Earns Federal Recognition As A Center Of Academic Excellence

Program focuses on educating a workforce to meet the needs of the nation, government, industry, and academia.

IT-Cybersecurity Specialist Program Earns Federal Recognition As A Center Of Academic Excellence

Northwood Technical College’s information technology – cybersecurity specialist program is now recognized by the U.S. government as a Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) program. The CAE-CD program focuses on educating a cybersecurity workforce to meet the needs of the nation, government, industry, and academia. Through this federal recognition, the College’s cybersecurity program is designated as a top choice, ensuring student confidence in learning the necessary knowledge and skill to succeed in the cybersecurity workforce.

“Students entering the program learn fundamental IT skills like operating systems and networking, and they will also learn extensive cybersecurity operational skills to build a successful career in the high-demand field for both the private and governmental sectors,” described IT instructor Greg Brodt. “The CAE-CD designation opens opportunities for students like grants, scholarships, and of course employment opportunities. Students graduating from the Cybersecurity program will receive a special indication on their transcript from Northwood Technical College.”

Northwood Tech’s IT- cybersecurity specialist program is a two-year associate degree where students get to protect and defend systems, networks and programs from digital attacks learning how to secure an organization’s desktops, servers, networks and applications through hands-on experience in networking, virtualization and security. Students study attacks and security practices to protect data as they configure security settings, test and monitoring configurations among other skills.

To meet the requirements for the NCAE-C program designation, the College had to:

  • Establish standards for cybersecurity curriculum and academic excellence,
  • Include competency development among students and faculty,
  • Value community outreach and leadership in professional development,
  • Integrate cybersecurity practice within the institution across academic disciplines,
  • Actively engage in solutions to challenges facing cybersecurity education.

The NCAE-C program is managed by National Security Agency's National Cryptologic School. Federal partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Chief Information Officer (DoD-CIO), and U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).

Learn more about the IT-Cybersecurity program here.

Northwood Tech is grateful for all its community partnerships. Your support of the Northwood Tech Foundation is essential to student success. For information on how to contribute, visit here.

Northwood Technical College is a nationally top-ranked college and designated Silver 2023-24 Military Friendly® School that puts your Learning First. Northwood Tech serves the educational and career needs of more than 15,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Tech offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. Northwood Tech is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit NorthwoodTech.edu. Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

Last Update: Dec 08, 2023 7:43 am CST

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