VILLAGE OF PEWAUKEE - Waukesha County Technical College has become the first college or university in the state to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) work in conjunction with the NSA and DHS to recognize academic institutions that are committed to reducing the vulnerability in the nation's information infrastructure. Designated institutions promote higher education and research while producing a growing number of professionals in various information technology (IT) disciplines.
“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” said Karen Leuschner, National Centers of Academic Excellence manager for the NSA, in her letter to WCTC about the honor. “The Presidents’ National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, February 2003, and the International Strategy for Cyberspace, May 2011, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. Like all nations, the United States has a compelling interest in defending its vital national assets, as well as our core principles and values, and we are committed to defending against those who would attempt to impede our ability to do so. Education is the key to promoting these ideals,” Leuschner added.
Students who attend schools with the CAE designation are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program, as well as the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.
“WCTC’s programs prepare the next generation of cyber defenders, as proven by the success of our graduates,” said WCTC IT instructor Mike Boerschinger. “Our cybersecurity graduates are highly sought after by employers and receive a number of offers during their job search."
The school received the designation after its curricular offerings and other activities were reviewed as part of the application process.
WCTC will receive the designation at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama, in June.