Cybersecurity Education Initiative Receives $676,690 Supplementary Grant

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md. — CyberWatch, Prince George’s Community College’s (PGCC)Advanced Technological Education Center, has been awarded a supplementary grant of $676,690 by The National Science Foundation (NSF). The supplement includes six $50,000 mini-grants for the first six community colleges (including PGCC) designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE2Y). Other elements of the supplement support several CyberWatch K-12 initiatives including a remote computer lab pilot project and two faculty travel grant programs. To date, the current three-year CyberWatch funding total from NSF is nearly $3.5 million.

“In addition to expanding the capabilities of CyberWatch, part of the mini grant will be used to strengthen the information assurance curriculum at PGCC including the development of special student-focused activities,” said Robert Spear, director of CyberWatch at PGCC. “Funds will also be used for professional development to enable educators at the college to remain informed about the latest cybersecurity technology trends.”

PGCC is the lead institution for CyberWatch, a consortium of 77 higher education institutions (46 community colleges and 31 universities) in 26 states. The CyberWatch goals are focused on cybersecurity education at all levels, from elementary through graduate school, but especially the community college level, and include curriculum development, faculty professional development, as well as student development, career pathways, and public awareness.

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Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 2015. Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at   

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