Marion Tech Bolsters Cybersecurity Program with NSF Grant

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Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With funds from a recent National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant, Marion Technical College in Marion, Ohio plans to strengthen its existing cybersecurity education program, offering more resources to both its student body and the surrounding community.

The school was recently awarded more than half a million dollars in NSF funds, which it will use to upgrade its equipment and offer new learning opportunities to students and certain community populations like teachers and utility workers.

Associate dean of technical programs Mike White said, “The National Science Foundation grant is a game-changer for our cybersecurity program. We will be providing training on cutting-edge technology to our students, community and local government agencies. Cybersecurity is a constant arms race between bad actors and the good guys; keeping local agencies, teachers, and the community up-to-date with recent trends is essential for the safety of everyone.”

Those studying cybersecurity at Marion Tech can expect three new learning opportunities in the form of stackable courses and certificates. These new academic offerings are designed to be flexible, enabling students to align their skills with their career plans.

Currently, students can pursue either an associate’s degree or a certificate in cyber security and networking through Marion Tech. You can learn more about those programs at the school’s website.

Marion Tech President Dr. Ryan McCall had this to say about the new program: “Cyberattacks threaten all of us — with attacks on health care, schools, utilities, financial institutions and businesses. This initiative represents a significant step forward in addressing the critical need for cybersecurity expertise in our community and beyond. By expanding our educational offerings and reaching out to underrepresented groups, we aim to cultivate a diverse and skilled cybersecurity workforce capable of meeting these challenges.”

Source: Marion Technical College Awarded $533K Grant to Expand Cybersecurity Program and Training

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