CCC tabbed for Cyber Skills Initiative

(Jazmine Huertas)
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 3:51 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Central Community College was recently selected as one of 14 community colleges across the nation to participate in the Cyber Skills for All initiative, made possible by a partnership between the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Microsoft.

In addition to receiving a grant of $20,000, CCC will be part of a community of practice consisting of a community college workforce and economic development executives across the nation aimed at skilling people for participation in the digital economy.

“I am proud Central Community College, our faculty and programs are again being recognized as a national leader in high-tech areas including cybersecurity,” said CCC President Dr. Matt Gotschall. “We look forward to increasing the number of residents earning credentials for these higher-pay and greater-demand jobs in central Nebraska.”

“The United States faces a cybersecurity skills crisis – we simply don’t have enough people to combat the increasing number of cybersecurity attacks,” said Kate Behncken, Corporate VP of Microsoft Philanthropies. “By working with AACC we can help ensure there are enough people with the necessary skills to keep organizations secure and people safe.”

Other institutions part of the second cohort includes: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; Hostos Community College; the University of Arkansas Cossatot; North Hennepin Community College; Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech); and Community College of Philadelphia. Also selected were Bellevue College; Southwest Tennessee Community College; Blue Ridge Community and Technical College; College of Western Idaho; Tulsa Community College; City Colleges of Chicago; and College of Southern Nevada.

“As technology evolves so do the skills needed to protect the nation’s technology infrastructure,” Bumphus said. “Working together with Microsoft, we will provide these community colleges with resources to ensure students learn the relevant skills needed in the workforce. Selected community colleges will have the opportunity to learn best practices from one another to continue to deliver high-quality, industry-relevant cyber skills education to all students.