DCCC Joins National Consortium Promoting Cybersecurity Jobs


May 22, 2014 – Davidson County Community College recently became a member of the National CyberWatch Center, a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses and government agencies with cybersecurity education and career programs. This membership will help DCCC advise and educate students about cybersecurity, a growing and profitable information technology career field. 

By becoming a member, DCCC joins 64 community colleges and 69 universities from 36 states in sharing resources to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the industry’s workforce. Consortium members share ideas and materials through monthly webinars, conferences, professional development opportunities for faculty members and scholarships for students.

DCCC is one of seven community colleges in North Carolina participating in this effort.

“We joined the National CyberWatch Center to enhance the cybersecurity education we provide to our students,” says Ann Porter, Networking Technology instructor at DCCC. “By collaborating with faculty from colleges and universities across the country, we can share resources, experiences and opportunities with each other. Ultimately, we want to help our students become network security experts who can assist businesses in protecting their valuable information assets.”

The cybersecurity industry is becoming increasingly important as businesses and government agencies protect their IT systems from intrusions and attacks. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects network security jobs to grow by 53 percent in the next four years, and more trained cybersecurity professionals are needed to fill these jobs.

“There is a huge demand for a qualified cybersecurity workforce,” Porter says. “This is a good major to choose and an important area of study because more individuals and businesses are storing sensitive data electronically. Organizations can become vulnerable to hackers, viruses and sophisticated attacks. Data needs to be protected, networks need to be monitored and employees need to be aware of policies as well as be trained regarding security issues.”

Currently, 23 DCCC students are majoring in Network and Cybersecurity, an area of study within the Computer Technology Integration curriculum. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree, preparing them for entry-level IT jobs, including network analysts and hardware technicians. To prepare for these jobs, students study forensics, cyber terrorism, information warfare, intrusion detection/prevention, firewalls, encryption and a variety of other topics.

“Our students will go on to help companies defend themselves against network penetration, which is a vital role as technology plays a larger part in operations and attacks become more sophisticated,” Porter says. “DCCC students will have the expertise to make a difference.”

*Editor’s Note: In the photo, Son Kim Nguyen, one of six recent Computer Technology Integration graduates who studied cybersecurity at DCCC, works on a computer during a hardware/software class.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.