SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Congressman Richard Neal announced federal funding for Springfield Technical Community College on Tuesday.
The funding is for a new cybersecurity center at Union Station in Springfield. This $3 million center will provide new training and employment opportunities for Union Station and STCC students. Funding was due to Congressional Direct Expenditures (CDS) from the Department of Education, and Congressman Neal included funding for this project in the fiscal year 2023 spending bill that was signed into law in December 2022, according to a press release from Richard Néal’s office.
There will be two phases in the middle, the first being the cyber-range phase, which is for training purposes. Then, the second phase is the Security Operations Center (SOC), which will manage the security of the various companies and municipalities.
Congressman Neal announced that this is a multi-year planning effort to help stop cybersecurity threats and hacking. The new center should be ready in a year.
“The threats facing our nation at the national and local levels are significant, and having the cutting-edge technology capable of countering these threats is of the utmost importance,” Congressman Neal said. “Union Station has become a world-class intermodal transportation hub for the Greater Springfield community, and it will now house a state-of-the-art cybersecurity training facility. This will give our region’s brightest young minds the resources they need to combat these threats, expanding the region’s skilled workforce and strengthening our cybersecurity resilience in Western Massachusetts and North America. -of the.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said, I want to thank Congressman Richard Neal, who was once mayor and still the heart of a mayor, who continues to provide exemplary leadership for our Springfield and Union Station. This $3 million will support STCC and the transformative and dynamic Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at our historic Union Station, which supports my administration’s workforce development goals around cybersecurity initiatives by promoting diversity. and further supporting that good four-letter word, JOBS!
“Congressman Richard E. Neal has delivered on his promises yet again, and STCC couldn’t be more thrilled to partner in the launch of a Western Massachusetts Cybersecurity Center of Excellence,” said STCC President John B. Cook. “We are extremely grateful for these federal dollars which provide a one-time investment in students, community colleges and the workforce needs of a key sector. Thank you, Congressman Neal, for standing up for Union Station and helping build our local cyber resilience.
“The Springfield Redevelopment Authority congratulates STCC on its award and is thrilled to welcome CCE here to Union Station,” said Amanda Pham, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. “This endeavor would not have been possible without the support of our federal and state partners. We thank Congressman Neal for his continued support of this effort through this transformative award. This center will build cybersecurity resilience in Western Massachusetts while enabling our workforce to meet the needs of this evolving industry. Western Mass is home to many institutions of higher learning and we are encouraged by the ongoing collaborative partnerships – all to improve the lives of our students and the community at large.
The project will bring together a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, municipal leaders and facility professionals. The new center will provide valuable hands-on training and professional opportunities for students to develop careers in the cyber workforce and will be part of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Consortium.
This project is one of fifteen CDS projects that were submitted by Congressman Neal, which totaled more than $20 million in investments in Massachusetts’ first congressional district.