Officials at Cleveland Community College and Gardner-Webb University recently signed an agreement to establish a transfer process between the schools’ cybersecurity programs.
CCC students who earn an associate in applied science in information technology–cybersecurity will have direct entry into Gardner-Webb’s online undergraduate degree completion program to pursue a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.
“Any time we do something with our partners at Cleveland Community College to enhance students’ progress toward their academic and career goals, it’s a win,” said Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs. “All the evidence points toward the increasing value of a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, and this new direct entry bridge from CCC to GWU will expand opportunities for students and jobseekers in our region.”
The cybersecurity program at CCC is part of the Carolina Cyber Network. Courses train students to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development and other emerging technologies.
“The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow,” said Dr. Jason Hurst, president of CCC. “Our cybersecurity program prepares graduates for successful careers. For those who want to continue and earn a bachelor’s degree, this transfer agreement with Gardner-Webb University is a great opportunity.”
The undergraduate cybersecurity program at Gardner-Webb builds on the skills students learn at CCC. They become experts in the techniques, tools, principles and best practice investigations involved in security systems, networks and data assets from various cyber threats.
The GWU program includes courses and activities that cover a broad range of topics related to cybersecurity and prepare students for industry-recognized certifications. Graduates may choose careers as risk analysts, information security analysts, digital forensic analysts, cybersecurity managers or similar positions in various employment sectors.
Anyone interested in the cybersecurity program at CCC can contact Susan Randall, information technology instructor and department chair of information technology and broadcasting, at 704-669-4256 or email email@example.com.
Students interested in attending Gardner-Webb must meet admissions requirements. Contact Gardner-Webb enrollment development officers at 704-406-4484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss next steps.