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McLennan Community College Receives NSF Grant to Enhance CIS Program with Cybersecurity

McLennan Community College's Community Information Systems (CIS) program has received a $222,274 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for an "Enhancing Network and Cybersecurity Technician Careers in Collaboration with Industry" project. The project is designed to enhance current CIS degrees by integrating cybersecurity skills in college classes as well as through high school dual credit programs. The addition of cybersecurity curriculum to the CIS degrees is in response to a growing regional demand identified by industry partners for networking and cybersecurity technicians. It aims to open new opportunities to provide a skilled workforce for the area, enhance future growth in the community, and provide higher-paying careers for students. See full article here.


New Cybersecurity Courses

McLennan Community College CIS department has added new Cybersecurity courses to benefit students and the community. We currently provide training for CCENT, CompTia Security+, and CompTia A+. New courses include training for CompTia CySa+, CompTia PenTest+, CompTIA CASP Advanced Cybersecurity Certification.


New Online CIS Courses

We currently have several classes available online. We have added more in an online and hybrid format including ITCC 1314-Introduction to Networks, ITCC 2312-Scaling Networks, ITNW 1345-Implementing Network Directory Structure, ITNW 1354-Implementing and Supporting Servers, ITSE 2309 Database Programming, and ITSY 1342-Information Technology Security.


Business & Technology Building Renovation

The Business & Technology Building will undergo a complete renovation during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. The remodel will include a new dedicated lab for CISCO network training, a lab for Personal Computer Hardware training, and a closed network training lab for Information Security that will allow students to perform penetration testing tasks and other security training assignments. We look forward to providing this new facility for our Business and Technology students.


Cyber Kid's Camp

Come learn about cybersecurity safety and awareness, as well as basic robotic coding at this four-day STEM camp led by MCC Computer Information Systems faculty! Campers will learn how to use the Internet safely with fun and simple games in addition to basic programming logic and teamwork through robotics. Cybersecurity concepts will include email safety, password basics, social media awareness, ethics, and more! This camp is for kids 7-11 years of age. Find out more about kid's camp at https://cereg.mclennan.edu/courses.aspx?Parameter=12&Topic=CP&Subtopic=Kids+College&SubtopicCode=CEKID.


CyberWatch West Members

McLennan Community College has joined CyberWatch West and is committed to actively participating in the CAE community. Please visit CyberWatch West for resources related to cybersecurity education.<br/Visit them at https://www.cyberwatchwest.org/.