New degree from Pikes Peak Community College

January 2, 2018 by  

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) in Colorado Springs has added a new associates’ degree to its programs.

When the next semester starts on January 15, 2018, students will be able to obtain a two-year applied science degree, specializing in cybersecurity. PCCC spokeswoman Karen Kovaly said the new course will join others that the college began offering in 2016, and that it comes at just the right time.

First, she said, there are over 1,400 jobs in the area for those with a Security+ certification; statewide, the number of job openings rises to 10,000. The increase has come because businesses everywhere are beginning to realize the importance of keeping their computer networks secure, and there aren’t enough security experts to meet the demand.

The new degree classes will combine classroom and online teaching, as well as lab work, where students will work with realistic scenarios using the latest technology. Students who graduate with the associates’ degree will be prepared for two certification tests offered by the industry: the Computing Technology Industry Association Security+ (CompTIA Security+), and the Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security).

Career paths for graduates of this program include systems design, security engineers for information systems, and cybersecurity analysts.

Changes like this are important to potential students, so school officials could work with a catalog printing company to create catalogs that include the new course and describe it and any prerequisites for taking it.