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PPCC offers new associate degree in Cybersecurity and expands its cyber lab space

Colorado Springs – December 20, 2017 – Pikes Peak Community College is now offering an associate of applied science degree in Cyber Security starting spring 2018. This is in addition to the non-credit cybersecurity test-prep courses PPCC has been offering since mid-2016.|

The new degree program comes at a crucial time for our region. Right now there are 1,434 open jobs for people with a Security+ certification, making us one of the highest need regions in the nation.

Businesses around the globe have realized the vital importance of securing their networks, so meeting the demand for qualified workers in this field has become urgent. (This Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map has more information on the talent gap around the nation.)

Completing a cybersecurity degree in two years or less is vital to the needs of the industry. By the time most students graduate from a four-year university, cybersecurity technology has changed and their training is outdated.

PPCC's new degree program prepares people for the Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) certification test or the Computing Technology Industry Association Security+ (CompTIA Security+) certification test. Students can then pursue careers as cybersecurity analysts, information systems security engineers, systems design engineers, and more. Easy job placement and a starting salary of $60,000 a year, make this a solid career path.

For info about the new degree program, please call David Walters, Cybersecurity Dept. Chair at 502-3282.

With two new cyber labs at its Rampart Range and Centennial Campuses and a pending lease agreement for an additional cybersecurity lab facility at the Catalyst Campus, PPCC still only has the capacity to provide affordable, hands-on training to 75 qualified students.

In addition, PPCC's hands-on, non-credit cybersecurity courses are designed to teach experienced hobbyists and IT professionals all they need to know to pass the Network+, Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exams, the industry standards for anyone wanting to work in cybersecurity.

For info about these non-credit classes, please call 502-2404 or

Using brand new cybersecurity ranges, students work through realistic scenarios in the lab. Costing far less than most test-prep boot camps, the PPCC fast-track courses do not count toward a college degree, but do come with a voucher to take the industry certification exam at no additional charge.

The Catalyst Lab will be utilized for these non-credit cybersecurity test-prep course and corporate trainings for local employers who want to "'up-skill" their workforce. Its first one, Certified Ethical Hacker, starts in February.

The new space will also allow PPCC to expand its Career Boost program for adults with low math and reading scores who want to train for careers in high demand occupations. IT is one pathway and those courses will be taught at Catalyst on evenings and weekends.

About Cybersecurity at PPCC

As part of our effort to become an NSA certified Center of Academic Excellence for 2 year school (CAE2Y), PPCC is now part of both Cyber Watch West (CWW), a group of Universities and Colleges interested in Cyber Defense/Security and the National CyberWatch Center, a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education/research and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce. PPCC is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign.

About PPCC
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to 19,000 students annually.

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