CyberWatch West Center Extended for an Additional Three Years
Rep. Rick Larsen with WCC Computer Information Systems faculty Travis McEwen
in the college's CIS lab on Aug. 31, 2015
Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College (WCC) has received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $6.4 million. These grants reinforce Whatcom’s nationwide leadership in cybersecurity and allow the college to drive a substantial nationwide expansion of cybersecurity programs in other colleges and universities.
“Funding from the National Science Foundation acknowledges the exemplary and cutting-edge work being done by Whatcom’s faculty and staff,” said WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown. “The college is proud to be at the forefront of cybersecurity education and to be recognized for creating meaningful advances in the cybersecurity field. It’s exciting to know these grants will allow WCC and partner institutions to share those best practices with colleges throughout the U.S.”
"The grants for Whatcom Community College’s cybersecurity program will further Washington state's role as a leader and hub for cybersecurity,” said Sen. Patty Murray. “Investing in educational opportunities nationwide is critical to developing the workforce needed to defend our economy and our nation from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks and cyber threats.”
Rep. Rick Larsen added: "Whatcom Community College is a national leader in training a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce to protect our country from increasing cyber threats. These new NSF grants underscore Whatcom Community College’s critical and innovative work to improve our country’s cybersecurity. I look forward to touring the College’s cybersecurity facility on Monday, Aug. 31 and seeing this nationally recognized program in action.”
The first of the two grants provides three additional years of funding for CyberWatch West, an NSF-Advanced Technology Education (ATE) center.
The second grant is titled “Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges” (referred to as “C5”). It provides three years of funding to establish a national network of community colleges that meet exceptionally high standards in cybersecurity and computing education. That network of colleges will prepare more students who are highly qualified for this important field and prepare them for transfer to four-year schools to continue their education.
With this funding, grant partners will also develop a new national computer science principles course with enhanced cybersecurity components. In addition, the funding allows WCC and partner institutions across the nation to mentor other colleges pursuing certification through the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to become Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity – Two Year (CAE2Y).
Consortium Sending Students to First National ICMCP Conference
Travel scholarships are available for students wanting to attend the first-ever National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals March 23–24, at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.
The one-and-a-half-day conference is organized by the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professional (ICMCP), a non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals.
The ICMCP recently announced that the conference's keynote speaker will be Alberto Yépez, managing director at Trident Capital Cybersecurity. Yépez is also on the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco, the chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), and a co-founder of HispanicNet, a networking community of 20,000 Hispanic leaders worldwide.
Travel funds are available to cover roundtrip airfare to Washington, DC and up to three nights at the hotel. College students who are actively enrolled in a cybersecurity program in the United States are eligible to apply by completing the online application on the CyberWatch West website.
Scholarship recipients will need to cover their own travel expenses in advance of the ICMCP conference, then submit their receipts for reimbursement afterward.
To be considered for a travel scholarship, students must submit their applications by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.