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HCC earns National Center of Academic Excellence designation

May 17, 2010

As the nation's growing dependency on technology continues to rise, computer networks will require continued protection in order to remain secure from outside threats.

To better protect the national information infrastructure, the National Security Agency is working to enhance partnerships with government entities, industry and academic institutions.

HCC was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-Year Education by the NSA and is one of only six two-year schools to receive the honor.

This distinction enables students to transfer seamlessly from HCC to a four-year college in order to complete their degree.

HCC's designation as a CAE-2Y couldn't have occurred at a better time because the Department of Defense, one of the largest employers of cyber security specialists, now requires incoming workers to have a bachelor's degree, as well as the necessary certification training needed to meet the rapidly changing demands of the information-assurance field.

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"Originally, community colleges could only provide the certification training, but now with specific networking technology courses mapped to match those of approved institutions, students can start here, complete their certification and easily go on to complete their bachelor's," said Margaret Spivey, HCC director, technology and computer studies division.

To learn more, go to http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/academics/divisions/tech nology-computer/ist/net.

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