Joining a national organization may help students taking cyber security classes at the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. It's the first college in Iowa and Illinois to partner with the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Center.
Roberta Osmers, from the college district's Cyber Center, says the national center provides help with curriculum, sponsors a job board, provides faculty training, and sponsors national competitions for students.
"Everything that we can add to their experience to give them those experiences they need for the workplace, are going to make them a better, more well-rounded student."
And she thinks working with this partnership will give her students an advantage when applying for jobs or additional college training.
The Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, with campuses in the Quad Cities, Muscatine, and Clinton, have offered an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cyber Security since 2015, and a cybersecurity certificate since 2018 for people with I-T experience.
Some graduates go on to earn four-year degrees, while others go to work in I-T for companies and organizations.