Edmonds College receives $1.5M cybersecurity grant

 

Last updated 10/19/2022 at 1:24pm

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Edmonds College has offered hands-on training from internationally recognized experts in cybersecurity and digital forensics since 1999. Instructor Steve Hailey (standing) assists Trey Werner in repairing a hard drive.

Edmonds College will receive nearly $1.5 million in grants for its cybersecurity program, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (WSBCTC) announced.

The grant is part of President Joe Biden's $2 trillion Build Back Better package, which approved more than $500 million for cybersecurity funding. The WSBCTC distributed $6.85 million in grants to cybersecurity programs around the state.

"Edmonds College has been at the forefront of cyber defense and digital forensics education for over two decades," said Edmonds College President Amit B. Singh. "Our alumni are well-established experts in the field, and we continue to train future professionals in real-world situations that prepare them for employment in the industry."

Edmonds has offered cybersecurity and digital forensics courses since 1999, making it one of the longest-running programs in the nation. Almost $800,000 of the grant will go towards the cyber defense and forensics program in which students can earn an Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) degree.


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Faculty members Steve Hailey and Mike Andrew run the program.

Hailey and Andrew are the only cyberterrorism instructors in the state, and serve as subject matter experts for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They lead students through programs by participating in authorized simulated cyberattacks, conducting security audits, and assisting law enforcement with active cases.

Edmonds College students and faculty can also participate in DHS-sponsored cyberterrorism courses for free, and students in the Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst Certification program have their final exam fee waived.

"The grant award to Edmonds College for our cybersecurity programs provides a fantastic opportunity to optimize our instructors' capabilities and course offerings to students," said Andrew.

"Cyber defense and digital forensics classes at Edmonds have earned a reputation for quality unmatched by any other institution in the region. The grant award will help emphasize those advantages to an even greater degree."

Additional funding will go towards several certification programs: the Center for Industry Certification, cybersecurity specialist, and digital forensics.

 

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