Super Cybersecurity Start!
MCC cut the ceremonial ribbon today to formally open its Cybersecurity lab in the Pollard Building on Middle Street, and we had support from our elected officials, our faculty, students, and trustees to help celebrate the occasion!
President James Mabry was joined by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Eileen Donoghue, and State Representative David Nangle for the ribbon cutting to recognize the opening of two classes on the college's Lowell campus.
The Information Technology/Cybersecurity degree falls under the Computing and Information Technology department chaired by Michelle Stein. The three IT faculty members involved with the program are Moe Moghimi, Syeda Begum and Ryan Fried.
Curriculum for the program was developed under the leadership of Don Brady with funding through Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), a National Science Foundation project based at UMass Boston.
The IT/Cybersecurity Associates degree was developed in partnership with regional industry representatives who were convened as a working group. Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry level employment as information security analysts, or they can transfer to four-year programs.
The Cybersecurity lab was funded, in part, with support from a $20M grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and a $117,086 grant from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant program, an initiative of Governor Charlie Baker's Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education,k workforce and economic-development strategies across the state.
Currently, we have just under 100 students enrolled in the program, but demand for the program continues to rise.
To find out more information about the program, visit http://catalog.middlesex.mass.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=18&poid=2295&returnto=1656
Give it up for our wonderful IT faculty and students!