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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

$300,000 awarded to College of Central Florida for cybersecurity program

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $302,105 grant to the College of Central Florida (CF) to help support the growing need for cybersecurity professionals.

According to CF, these funds will be used to increase awareness about careers in cybersecurity, upgrade equipment in the college’s existing Information Technology classes, and launch a cybersecurity-focused, 30-credit hour College Credit Certificate in the fall of 2024.

In addition, the grant will fund internship opportunities for CF Information Technology students with local businesses, allowing students to get paid, hands-on experience at no cost to the employer.

As part of its awareness campaign, CF states that the grant will include outreach activities that reach high school and adult students, as well as the larger community. An educational seminar on artificial intelligence and how it will affect future technology careers will also take place in the spring of 2024.

“Cybersecurity is [a] high-demand field, and the local need for skilled IT professionals is only going to grow,” stated Dr. Jennifer Fryns, vice president of Workforce Development and Innovation. “This generous investment from the National Science Foundation will allow us to provide CF graduates with cutting-edge skills and strategies, and also support local employers.”

For more information about the College of Central Florida’s Information Technology degrees and certificates, visit CF’s website.

The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program has been funding innovation at two-year colleges for over 20 years. This program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive the nation’s economy, and strong partnerships between academic institutions and industry.

To learn more about the National Science Foundation, visit NSF’s website.