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NSA and DHS recognize Danville Community College, Va. as excellent cyber defense center

Staff Writer |
Speaking at an event at Danville Community College (DCC), Governor McAuliffe announced that the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have officially designated DCC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

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This designation recognizes schools that excel in training students to become leaders in cyber defense and establishes DCC as one of the nation’s academic trailblazers in the area of cybersecurity.

“This prestigious designation is not only good news for DCC, it is good news for the Commonwealth,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “There are currently 36,000 open cyber-security jobs in Virginia, so we need young people throughout the Commonwealth to pursue cyber security training.

“I am especially pleased to see one of our rural community colleges attain this designation so students can earn their cyber credentials closer to home. DCC has worked hard to earn this designation, and I look forward to the dividends it will pay as we continue to build the new Virginia economy.”

Based upon a list of knowledge, skills, and abilities provided by NSA/DHS, DCC had to demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of cybersecurity education, outreach, and knowledge to earn the designation.

Currently, there are only a small number of educational institutions nationwide that have earned this specific designation.

With the addition of DCC, the Commonwealth’s total of Community Colleges designated as a Cyber Center of Excellence increases to four, up from one at the beginning of the McAuliffe Administration.

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