The McLennan Community College Information System program has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance their CIS program.
The college received a $222,274 grant for the Enhancing Network and Cybersecurity Technician Careers in Collaboration with Industry project.
The project is designed to enhance current CIS degree 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.
Several industry partners have committed to work actively with McLennan’s CIS program to define the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to address their workforce needs and will support students with internships and job-shadowing opportunities.
“The Professional, Technical, and Scientific Services sector is expected to add 168,000 jobs in Texas by 2024, a 26.8 percent increase from 2014-2024. Included in that area are Networking and Cybersecurity professionals,” Kris Collins, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Waco Chamber said.
In addition to the changes in curriculum, the grant will provide for the development of workshops and outreach programs to attract students to the high-paying and growing industry.
The project will begin June 1 and is slated to run through May 31, 2021.
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