Wor-Wic receives $800,000 grant for cybersecurity and computer program enhancements
October 07, 2014

Wor-Wic is slated to receive $800,000 of the $450 million in job training grants that will soon be awarded to 270 community colleges in 46 states across the nation.

The $800,000 is part of $15 million that is being awarded to a Maryland consortium of 14 community colleges called Cyber-Technology Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM). The purpose of the CPAM initiative is to help the un- and under-employed, veterans and other low-skilled adults obtain the required education and skills they need to fill good-paying cybersecurity and information technology job openings across the state.

Wor-Wic will use its $800,000 for equipment and personnel. A college and career navigator will be hired to work with the One-Stop Job Market and other local agencies to recruit students into Wor-Wic’s computer security classes, advise and coach these students through the program and reach out to local employers to develop internship and employment opportunities for them.

“The bulk of the grant will be used to invest in brand-new, cutting-edge technology to turn our existing computer studies laboratory into a security and networking lab,” said Curtis Satterfield, assistant professor of computer studies. Satterfield said the new lab will also have video recording capability.

“College courses are increasingly converting to a flipped classroom model,” explained Dr. Trevor H. Jones, dean of occupational education. “Lectures will be recorded and assigned as homework and classroom hours will be used for hands-on skill demonstration and practice.”
“This funding coincides very nicely with the new certificate program option in computer information security that we implemented just last fall,” Satterfield added. “In addition to providing basic hardware, software and Internet knowledge to support computer users, this program covers viruses, social engineering attacks, digital rights management, cryptography and principles of computer forensics.”
Dr. Ray Hoy, president, and Dr. Stephen L. Capelli, vice president for academic and student affairs, went to the White House last month for the press conference where the recipients of the $450 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program were announced. Speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, representing the two agencies that are co-administering the program.
“This is not some gift; it’s an investment,” Duncan said. “Community colleges have become the ‘economic engines’ of many communities, providing job training to develop a skilled workforce that local employers seek. The top-notch training has also served to attract new business and industry.”
“The $15 million in investments in Maryland announced today will help prepare local workers with the skills needed for in-demand careers and advance the role of community colleges as engines of economic growth,” Perez said. “Over the last four years, the U.S. Department of Labor has invested nearly $27 million in Maryland – part of a long-term commitment to ensure that workers will have access to training for the specific skills employers need to stay competitive in the global economy.”