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AACC is the Place for Cyber Training

Oct. 7, 2011
Special to Business Monthly

        Anne Arundel Community College has several classrooms especially equipped with the latest cybersecurity technology to train students in the high-demand cyber fields. Since the first information assurance classes began several years ago, enrollment has grown 400 percent. AACC’s programs have received national recognition, most recently being named a Center for Academic Excellence for two-year institutions (CAE2Y) in information assurance.

        Several students work at spotting possible weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a cybersecurity exercise in a computer lab in Anne Arundel Community College’s CyberCenter. The college recently was named the project leader for a 10-college consortium that received a $19.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop curriculum to train displaced workers across the country for jobs in the high-demand science, technology, engineering and math fields. In announcing the grant, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said AACC was chosen to lead the project because of its cutting-edge technology and innovative teaching and programs. In addition to being project leader, AACC will lead the curriculum team on cyber technology and will contribute to the team developing curriculum on mechatronics, which combines multiple disciplines of engineering.