Local college recognized for cybersecurity program

The more connected the world is, the more important it is to defend those networks.

Cybersecurity is an ever-expanding field, and one that promises no shortage of jobs. Companies need protection from hackers. Customers need protection from hackers. And in the ever-changing world of mobility, even automobiles are going to need protection from hackers.

So for those in the Great Lakes Bay Region with an inclination toward technology, it should be received as good news that Delta College has officially been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, a designation that is sponsored by the U.S. National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Delta College is one of 11 Michigan colleges to have received the designation, and the only one in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

"We are extremely pleased that Delta’s Cybersecurity program has received this prestigious recognition," says Dr. Jean Goodnow, President of Delta College.

"In addition to recognizing the quality of our cybersecurity program and faculty, this designation will provide excellent employment and transfer opportunities for our graduates and position Delta to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity specialists in Michigan and the United States."

As a result of the designation, students in Delta’s program are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.

Delta College offers a Cybersecurity Associate in Applied Science degree. If a student wants a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, Delta boasts transfer agreements with Capitol College, Colorado State University Global Campus, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, and Northwood University.

The Cybersecurity Center at Delta College features a cybersecurity simulation lab. Courses are available on campus and online.

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