PGCC Awarded Center of Academic Excellence (CAE2Y) in Information Systems Security Education On 8 June 2010 PGCC officially became one of the first six community colleges in the United States to be awarded the designation of a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE2Y) in Information Systems Security Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For the past eleven years, only four-year colleges and universities were allowed to apply for this designation. However, in 2009, the NSA and DHS announced that they were extending this opportunity to community colleges. Although there are approximately 1,200 community colleges in the country, only seven have the required certification in Information Assurance courseware that meet the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Training Standards. PGCC received the necessary CNSS 4011 certification in 2007 and the 4013E certification in 2009. This award establishes PGCC as a national leader in Information Assurance (IA) and offers PGCC students graduating with an IA degree or receiving one of the IA Certificates a higher level of academic achievement that is recognized by potential employers from both Industry and Government Agencies. The award was made possible in part by PGCC's participation in CyberWatch which is one of only three National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers focused on cyber-security in the United States. For the past several years PGCC has been the leading academic institution of the national CyberWatch consortium that consists of approximately fifty two-year and four-year colleges and universities from across the entire nation dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of the Information Assurance workforce.