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Naugatuck Valley Community College Launches Cybersecurity Program

Naugatuck Valley Community College in Danbury is offering a new line of classes in cybersecurity.
Naugatuck Valley Community College in Danbury is offering a new line of classes in cybersecurity. Photo Credit: Google Maps/Streetview

DANBURY, Conn. -- Cybersecurity is a major issue for every business in today's high technology world where it seems hackers are always trying to sneak into secure servers to steal valuable data.

As a result, there is an ever-increasing demand for skilled cyber professionals. Naugatuck Valley Community College is responding to this need with a new degree program that offers students a strong foundation in understanding the investigative nature of cybersecurity in the criminal justice realm, as well as gaining technical skills in computer science networking and programming.

The program prepares students for entry level positions in cybersecurity and computer crime deterrence. It also prepares students for successful transfer to other institutions of higher education, including Charter Oak State College’s cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program.

The overall outlook for cybersecurity careers in Connecticut is strong. The Connecticut Department of Labor projects demand in computer science to increase by 17.4 percent between the 2016 and 2022. Information security analysts (cybersecurity) is projected to be up 18.6 percent in the same time frame.

Nationally more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S at a variety of levels are unfilled and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years. Demand for positions such as information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018 according to sources analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Students considering a career in this growing field should contact Mitch Holmes, NVCC’s cybersecurity career advisor at 203-575-8117 or mholmes@nv.edu . There is still time to take advantage of this new program by applying to NVCC for the fall 2016 semester.

Financial aid is available through the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship which has $1.4 M in scholarship funds for qualified students. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Cathy Hardy, NVCC director of Financial Aid, at (203)-575-8274 or CHardy@nv.edu .

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