Rose State College in Oklahoma City Seeing Increased Demand for Cyber Students Due to National Security Concerns

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Cyber security students at Rose State College are in high demand as the Pentagon and other security-related industries ramp up efforts to counter cyber conflicts.

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Every one of my students who wants a job has a job, usually within days.

A recent report from the Washington Post states that the Pentagon is in the midst of a major expansion of its cyber division. Private companies as well are increasing efforts to secure trained cyber security workers, said Professor Ken Dewey, the director of Rose State’s program.

Rose State College is the only community college in the U.S. that offers all levels of Federal Committee on the National Security Systems (NSTISSI/CNSS) National Certificates, or cyber security certification. Most can gain those certifications within two years.

“Every one of my students who wants a job has a job, usually within days,” Dewey said.

The college is in the midst of an expansion effort for the program, including new faculty and upgraded networking capabilities through its proposed capital infrastructure plan. Dewey said the expansion is crucial to meet the demand.

In addition to the in-state efforts to expand the program, Rose State College has been designated as a center of excellence in the area of cyber security by the National Security Agency (NSA).

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) expanded the number of scholarship positions at the college.

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