There are currently more jobs available than qualified workers and the gap is only expected to grow. Trident Technical College’s Center for Cybersecurity provides students and the community with cybersecurity resources as well as academic and professional development opportunities.
In 2016, TTC was awarded an Office of Naval Research grant for the project period of August 2017-July 2020. The project, titled Supporting Education in Cybersecurity for Undergraduates through Resources and Engagement (Cyber SECURE), was designed to strengthen the talent pipeline for cybersecurity professionals across the state of South Carolina. This is being accomplished through curriculum development, including an Associate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity degree, strengthened connections with four-year institutions, new and strengthened relationships with industry partners, and outreach activities targeting underrepresented populations in STEM fields. TTC will increase the number of diverse individuals who are interested in, prepared for, and knowledgeable about the growing field of cybersecurity, a critical Naval STEM priority.
Trident Technical College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CDE) through academic year 2024. This designation was awarded by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upon meeting their stringent requirements for cybersecurity curriculum and program criteria. Trident Technical College is the first two-year college in South Carolina to achieve this designation.
The NSA and the DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program (see NSA website). The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise.
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