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UNCP launches cybersecurity pathway with SCC

By Staff Report, posted 1 year ago
Southeastern Community College President Dr. Chris English (left) signs a cybersecurity articulation agreement with UNCP Interim Provost Dr. Cherry Beasley and UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings - Photo provided by UNCP

UNC Pembroke has signed an articulation agreement with Southeastern Community College (SCC) to provide a seamless pathway for information technology students seeking to further their education in the cybersecurity field.  

The new partnership will increase the pipeline of cybersecurity professionals across the region. Cybersecurity is among the most in-demand professions and fastest-growing career areas nationally.  

“This pathway is the latest example of the long-standing relationship between our two institutions and another opportunity to change lives through education,” Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings said during a signing ceremony at SCC on April 28, according to a press release. 

“It is vitally important for the continued growth of southeastern North Carolina’s economy that we fully leverage the power and potential of SCC and UNCP to improve [the] lives of students, the lives around them, and move our region forward.” 

The agreement eases the transition for students who complete an Associate in Applied Science in information technology to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in information technology with a cybersecurity track. 

According to national statistics, there were 600,000 cybersecurity job openings between April 2020 and March 2021. The new partnership will specifically target workforce development, according to SCC President Chris English.  

“Everything we do at SCC is about workforce development,” Dr. English said in a press release. “We take pride in knowing that we have this great partnership with UNCP, and it is evident that we keep leaning on UNCP, and you keep stepping up to the challenge. You understand our students’ needs and Columbus County’s needs.”

UNCP offers cybersecurity tracks with undergraduate programs in computer science and information technology. These programs have shown significant growth since their inception. In fall of 2022, UNCP began offering a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity.   

The new degree program includes a strong math and computer science foundation, combining lectures with real-world case studies, hands-on experience in cyber labs and collaborative faculty-student research opportunities.   

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