PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County and Robert Morris University in Moon Township have completed a collaborative agreement to enable CCAC students who have earned an Associate of Science in Cybersecurity to seamlessly transfer into the Cyber Forensics and Information Security Bachelor of Science program at RMU. The agreement was signed today in Byers Hall on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus. Invited guests included members of the board of trustees and the administration from both institutions, as well as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney David Hickton, and Bill Flanagan, chief corporate relations officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
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RMU’s Cyber Forensics and Information Security program combines the disciplines of technology, business, organizational behavior and law. Students learn techniques used to detect, respond to and prevent network intrusions. They also master broader concepts such as the responsible use of resources, the appropriate management of risks and the alignment of information technology with the organization.
The new articulation agreement follows the Community College Cyber Summit, “Expanding the Boundaries of Cybersecurity Programs at Community Colleges,” which was held on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus this summer and was attended by cybersecurity educators and professionals from across the country.
“As recent global events illustrate, cybersecurity is an area of increasing importance and pressing concern both in terms of our personal as well as our nation’s security. And it is programs like the ones the Community College of Allegheny County and Robert Morris University offer that will help prepare the tens of thousands of cybersecurity professionals who will be needed for jobs in this critical industry—one responsible for safeguarding our vast and growing network of digital information,” said CCAC President Quintin B. Bullock. “Through this partnership, our two institutions are working to ensure that our region’s students have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in one of the most technologically advanced and challenging fields existing in the world today.”
The coordination of transferable coursework, supported through academic advising, will help ensure a successful transition. Students are encouraged to work with CCAC and RMU counselors to carefully plan their course of study. When transferring, CCAC students must apply for admission, submit required transcripts and meet RMU’s admissions requirements.
“Robert Morris University is committed to providing students with multiple paths to a degree, and the close relationship we enjoy with CCAC and other community colleges is a testament to that. We aim to be the preferred partner for corporations, organizations, and professionals in the Pittsburgh region, and that includes other institutions of higher learning,” said RMU President Chris Howard. “This is also a win for the Pittsburgh region, which has a high demand for cybersecurity professionals, and a core part of RMU’s mission is to meet the needs of the professional workforce in our hometown.”