Calhoun Receives $172,000 Grant for Cybersecurity Program


The Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education has announced the approval of a grant in the amount of $172,000 to Calhoun Community College for the college’s new “Meeting the Needs of Cybersecurity Technicians” program.

According to the grant proposal, the award will be used for developing a laboratory environment with the latest equipment and software conducive to hands-on-training and research opportunities, enabling students to become Cybersecurity Professionals. With the addition of a state-of-the art training facility, Calhoun will increase interest and retention in the CIS program while preparing students for professional careers in the field of cybersecurity.  At least 80 students, 40 each semester, are to be trained using the new equipment. CIS faculty members Nisheeth Agrawal, Charline Nixon, and Nainika Patnayakuni worked with the Grants Office to develop the proposal.

“Calhoun will be the first community college in the state to have a cybersecurity lab of this magnitude,” commented Agarwal, Chair of the Huntsville CIS Department.  “Our students will be able to receive certification as Certified Ethical Hackers, Certified Mobile Examiners, and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigators.”

Fall 2013 enrollment in CIS courses at the Huntsville campus is 335, a 35% increase from fall of 2012. Calhoun projects that these numbers will continue to increase at an exceeding rate in direct correlation with job demand in the field of cybersecurity and competitive programs offered at the College.
For more information on Calhoun’s Cybersecurity program, call 256-890-4751.

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