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The CyberWatch West Resource Center will support colleges that want to develop or enhance their cybersecurity education programs and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce through four interrelated efforts: (1) Expand participation in the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense National Resource Center program through mentor-mentee training for two-year and four-year institutions. This work will directly complement the NSA-funded CNRC at Whatcom Community College. (2) Catalog and disseminate, through an online repository, resources that strengthen cybersecurity courses and curricula in higher education, including instructional modules developed under a previous NSF-funded project. (3) Expand business/industry-academic partnerships nationwide and build regional cybersecurity communities that engage business/industry with cybersecurity faculty and students. (4) Disseminate resources that aid faculty mentoring and professional development, and student development. Through these efforts, the center aims to: promote the standardization of cybersecurity content in college programs; build awareness of community college cybersecurity programs and the qualifications of students who earn an associate degree or certificate in a community college program; address the national need for cybersecurity workers across all sectors, including government, defense, healthcare, and commerce; diversify the talent pool from which employers can draw their cybersecurity workforce.

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Award Number 0703001, 1104278, 1361636, 1500375, 1800589
ATE Principal Investigator Corrinne Sande
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ATE Start Date 2011-10-15
ATE Expiration Date 2021-09-30
Primary Institution Whatcom Community College, Mount San Antonio College (Former)
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