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Carroll Community College Opens Cybersecurity Lab for Student Instruction

Carroll Community College Opens Cybersecurity Lab for Student Instruction

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
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 A new program at Carroll Community College (Carroll) which educates students to become Cybersecurity professionals is experiencing high enrollments in light of well-publicized security attacks on computers of any user or organization.
At Carroll, the first Cybersecurity credit degree classes started last fall. These introductory classes will lead to a credit certificate in Network Security, and with additional required courses, will lead to a two-year degree in Cybersecurity, (programs pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission).

Carroll is one of fourteen community colleges in Maryland to receive a U.S. Department of Labor-funded grant to develop new credit certificates and degrees in the profession, as well as offer non-credit certification training. 

New this spring is the grand opening of the Cybersecurity lab at Carroll, held at the college on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Invited guests included Cybersecurity students, instructors, local business representatives, the college Board of Trustees, the Foundation Board of Directors and the County Commissioners. The internal event was offered in partnership with the Carroll Technology Council. The lab is located in room A208. 

"I am very excited about our new Cybersecurity Lab. We are most grateful to the Carroll Community College Foundation for funding much of the needed equipment. Through this facility, students will train on state-of-the-art equipment and be fully prepared to enter jobs in this high-demand, high wage career field,"said College President Dr. James D. Ball.  

The new lab has Cybersecurity and networking equipment which is in need now that the program is in its second semester.  The college will showcase the new equipment, in part to demonstrate cutting-edgeresources and to thank members of the college Foundation for their support of the program.  Foundation funding made possible the acquisition of three Cisco mobile networking racks that include modern equipment such as routers and switches, which will prepare students for knowledge of the workforce. 

Carroll has developed coursework in digital forensics, network penetration, scripting, wireless and embedded device exploitation, and technical writing and documentation. Additionally, many of the programcourses will prepare students for an industry certification, such as CompTIA's A+, Network+ and Security+, Cisco's CCENT and CCNA and EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker, among others. There is also a non-credit certification training program and there are non-credit certificates that prepare students for industry certifications. These certifications can then be applied toward credit within the cybersecurity degree program. The college will also offer Continuing Education courses for working cyber professionals who want to stay current on emerging issues and technical expertise. 

Students receive assistance in locating opportunities that offer hands-on experience, such as part-time and full-time jobs, internships, and service- learning opportunities.