From Harford Community College:
Harford Community College students Robin Hexter, Quinn Johnston, Emily Leiss, and Samantha Soul were accepted into the National Security Agency (NSA) Cooperative Education Program. Robin is an Information Assurance and Cybersecurity major enrolled in Harford’s new Cyber Defense Certificate Program, which recently received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Quinn, Emily, and Samantha are enrolled in the College’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree program. The four students will begin the NSA Cooperative Education Program in August 2016.
In spring 2016, the program was opened to community college students majoring in computer science, computer or electrical engineering, or cybersecurity who intend to complete a four-year degree. During the co-op, students alternate semesters of full-time work (40 hours per week) with a semester at college from program entry until graduation. Students gain real-world experience, earn a salary, encounter challenges, sharpen skills and career focus, and may qualify for permanent employment with NSA upon graduation.
Christine Brown, Cybersecurity Career Navigator, shared the program announcement with the Cyber Defense students. “When I received the call from the program recruiter informing me that I was accepted, I was ecstatic. The program is the ‘holy grail’ of internships for cybersecurity,” Robin said. “The HCC course work I’ve been taking is essential to my knowledge base in preparing me for the Co-op Program. I love HCC. I am privileged to be in the Cyber Defense Certificate program and the Information Assurance and Cybersecurity associate degree program.”
To be eligible to participate in the NSA Cooperative Education Program, a student must be a U.S. citizen, be eligible for a security clearance, and be a second semester college freshman or sophomore. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
According to the website www.intelligencecareers.gov, cyber professionals in the intelligence community work as part of a team defending against the country’s cyber adversaries. Cyber professionals with technical expertise who desire to remain at the forefront of their field are in great demand by the intelligence community.
For more information about Harford Community College’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program, contact Ralf Fritze, 443-412-2441, RFritze@harford.edu; Madrice Guy, 443-412-2264, MGuy@harford.edu; or Advising, Career and Transfer Services at 443-412-2301. For information on HCC’s Cyber Defense Certificate Program, contact Christine Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-356-0363.