The Danville Community College “Cyber Team” was honored Wednesday at the National Cyber Security Summit in Huntsville, Alabama.
DCC’s cyber security and cyber crime programs were recognized for earning the Center of Academic Excellence in Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) designation from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security earlier this year.
DCC’s one-year cyber security program is offered completely online, meaning students can take classes from anywhere with an internet connection to prepare for careers in a fast-growing field. When Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited DCC in January to announce the college’s CAE2Y designation, he noted there are 36,000 open cyber security jobs in Virginia, paying an average annual salary of $88,000. Local law enforcement members can gain skills to combat hackers and online thieves in the DCC Cyber Crime Investigation program.
Also, an agreement between DCC and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center signed earlier this week awards credit towards the Cyber Security program for graduates of SVHEC’s IT Academy who have earned CompTIA certification, enabling them to complete the program faster.