Pikes Peak Community College’s cyber defense program received official designation from the National Security Agency, the college announced in a statement May 15.
The community college is now a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE-2Y). That label means the school will “receive formal recognition from the U.S. Government as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our Nation's information systems,” according to the NSA’s website.
“Because of this designation's national visibility, PPCC students who graduate from these programs are recognized by employers as having the broad cyber skills needed in industries around the globe,” PPCC’s statement said, adding that the school will now be eligible for more academic and workforce development grants in cybersecurity.
Currently, PPCC’s Cyber Defense Center offers a cybersecurity certificate as part of its Computer Networking Technology degree. The school also has noncredit workforce development courses in cybersecurity.
PPCC joins the Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University, and Pueblo and Red Rocks community colleges as a designated school, according to the statement.
In other recent cyber-news: The National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs, which opened in January on North Nevada Avenue, evolved from Gov. Hickenlooper’s vision of the city as the “cybersecurity capital of the nation.” The center is partnering with startup accelerators in an effort to bring cybersecurity jobs to the Pikes Peak Region.