Edmonds College Receives $1.5 Million Cybersecurity Grant

Edmonds College has been providing hands-on training from internationally recognized experts in cybersecurity and digital forensics since 1999. Instructor Steve Hailey (standing) helps Trey Werner repair a hard drive. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hailey)

Edmonds College will receive nearly $1.5 million in grants for its cybersecurity program, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (WSBCTC) announced. The grant is part of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion Build Back Better program, which has approved more than $500 million for cybersecurity funding. The WSBTCC distributed $6.85 million in grants to cybersecurity programs across the state.

“Edmonds College has been at the forefront of cyber defense and digital forensics education for more than two decades,” said Edmonds College President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “Our alumni are well-established experts in the field, and we continue to train future professionals in real-world situations that prepare them for employment in industry.”

Edmonds has offered courses in cybersecurity and digital forensics since 1999, making it one of the oldest programs in the country. Nearly $800,000 of the grant will go towards the Cyber ​​Defense and Forensics program in which students can earn an Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) degree.

A distinct benefit of the cybersecurity program at Edmonds College is that students receive hands-on, real-world experience under the guidance of faculty members Steve Hailey and Mike Andrew. Hailey and Andrew are the only cyberterrorism instructors in the state and serve as subject matter experts for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They lead students through programs that provide the opportunity to build their resume by participating in authorized simulated cyberattacks, performing security audits, and assisting law enforcement in active cases.

Edmonds College students and faculty can also attend DHS-sponsored cyberterrorism courses for free, and students in the Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst Certification Program are waived final exam fees.

“The awarding of the grant to Edmonds College for our cybersecurity programs provides a fantastic opportunity to optimize the capabilities of our instructors and the course offerings for students,” said Andrew. “Cyber ​​defense and digital forensics courses at Edmonds have earned a reputation for quality unmatched by any other institution in the region. Awarding the grant will help highlight these benefits to an even greater degree.

“This will allow Edmonds cybersecurity and digital forensics faculty to focus on the core mission – empowering students who want a successful new career and education industry professionals who want to enhance their skills and elevate their career path.”

Additional funds will go to several certification programs: the Industry Certification Center, Cybersecurity Specialist, and Digital Forensics.

The Industry Certification Center (ICC) will train and help increase employment opportunities in various industry-recognized certification programs. The funds will assist in the implementation and development of CIC for curriculum development, program design, course development and delivery, data analysis, development of advisory boards and other program support initiatives.

Students around the world can now earn a certificate from Edmonds, as the prestigious cybersecurity and digital forensics programs are fully online. The Cybersecurity Specialist and Digital Forensics certificates can be completed in four and two terms, respectively. The college also offers four certificate of completion programs that can be earned in two terms. Find out more by attending a free webinar on September 10. Register at edmonds.eventbrite.com.

For more information on enrolling in the Cyber ​​Defense and Digital Forensics program, visit www.edmonds.edu/programs/cis/cddf.html.

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