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HCC program receives national recognition

Hagerstown Community College’s Networking Technology program was honored at the 13th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Education (CISSE) by the United States Government National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) on June 3, 2009.

HCC’s Networking Technology program received designation for successfully meeting the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011 and System Administrators, CNSSI No. 4013E. David Wennergren, deputy assistant secretary of defense for information management and technology and DoD deputy chief information officer, presented the designation to Margaret Spivey, HCC director of technology and computer studies.

HCC is a member of CyberWATCH, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center which focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive the U.S. economy. CyberWATCH is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies whose mission is to improve the quantity and quality of the information security/assurance workforce. The affiliation with CyberWATCH allows HCC’s instructors to collaborate to share best practices, methodologies, curricula, course modules and materials, and to receive training and support. 

Steve Shank, assistant professor, information systems technology, is the lead instructor for HCC’s Networking Technology Program. The alignment of HCC’s program with the CyberWATCH model and receiving designations for NSA 4011 and 4013E assures that students will receive quality information security education that is recognized throughout the state of Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

For more information about CyberWATCH, go to www.cyberwatchcenter.org. For more information about HCC’s Networking Technology Program, contact Steve Shank at 301-790-2800, ext. 536, or via e-mail at shanks@hagerstowncc.edu.