HCC becomes Center of Academic Excellence


(May 7, 2010) - As the nation’s growing dependency on technology continues to rise, computer networks will require continued protection in order to remain secure from outside threats. To better protect the national information infrastructure, the National Security Agency (NSA) is working to enhance partnerships with government entities, industry, and academic institutions.

HCC was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-Year Education (CAE-2Y) by the NSA and is one of only six two-year schools to receive this honor. This distinction enables students to transfer seamlessly from HCC to a four-year college in order to complete their degree.

HCC’s designation as a CAE-2Y couldn’t have occurred at a better time because the Department of Defense, one of the largest employers of cyber security specialists, now requires incoming workers to have both a bachelor’s degree, as well as the necessary certification training needed to meet the rapidly changing demands of the information assurance field.

“Originally, community colleges could only provide the certification training but now with specific networking technology courses mapped to match those of approved institutions, students can start here, complete their certification, and easily go on to complete their bachelor’s,” says Margaret Spivey, HCC director, technology and computer studies division.

Learn more about HCC's networking technology programs.