Rose State College Receives Mentoring Grant for Cyber Security

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Rose State College receives a mentoring grant for cyber security from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science foundation.

Rose State College of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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An important outcome will be enhanced advocacy for cyber security education at community colleges

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Rose State College recently to invest in its Cyber Security program.
The $50,000 grant is also for the college “to assist in the growth of cyber security programs at other community colleges,” according to the award letter. Rose State College is the only community college in the U.S. with all six levels of federal cyber security certification.

“I expect that these funds will enable you to strengthen the cyber security program at your college and at other community colleges through the mentoring process. An important outcome will be enhanced advocacy for cyber security education at community colleges by faculty and administrators,” wrote program director Dr. Vera Zdravkovich, of Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.

The expansion deepens a strategic partnership between the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and Rose State College. In 2010, the Foundation joined the NSA to award $2.7 million to several Oklahoma colleges, including Rose State College, to form a consortium of cyber security education.

In 2010, the NSA named Rose State College a Center of Excellence for its cyber security program. Graduates from the Rose State program have gone on to work for the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for private companies and other security organizations.

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