MVCC gets NSA designation, launches cybersecurity lab

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Mohawk Valley Community College — recently designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) — and U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna will host a dedication ceremony for MVCC’s new Cybersecurity Lab at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in room 226 of the Information Technology Building on the Utica Campus.

The designation certifies that MVCC’s Cybersecurity programs meet the highest national standards for cybersecurity education set by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. MVCC, which offers an associate in science degree and a one-year certificate in Cybersecurity, is one of only 40 community colleges nationwide to hold this distinction.

MVCC’s Cybersecurity AS program has grown from 26 students to 130 students over the last three years. Many MVCC Cybersecurity graduates remain in the region, choosing to transfer to Utica College or SUNY Polytechnic Institute to continue their studies. To earn the designation, MVCC’s Cybersecurity AS and certificate programs had to meet stringent Center of Academic Excellence criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units, including developing state-of-the-art physical and virtual lab facilities for cybersecurity instruction.

Since 1946, MVCC has been the region’s primary educator for the technology and trades workforce. Our strength in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) make us an anchor institution for training and credentialing people to work in the field of nanotechnology. Learn more about MVCC’s cybersecurity programs at www.mvcc.edu/cyberlab.

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