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Thursday, July 11, 2019

The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Designates Ohlone College as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Fremont, Calif., July 10, 2019—The National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designates Ohlone College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2024. The prestigious CAE-CDE designation places Ohlone College in to a select group of two-year, four-year, and postgraduate institutions across the nation.

“Ohlone is excited to offer students a program that meets national cyber security criteria and which will open career opportunities not otherwise available to them,” says Dr. Gari Browning, President and Superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District.

The Ohlone College Computer, Networks, and Emerging Technology (CNET) program was rigorously vetted and approved by NSA experts following a lengthy year-long process. The Computer Science (CS) and CNET departments at Ohlone College will now have the privilege of providing students NSA and DHS-approved certificates in qualifying Cyber Defense programs.

“Ohlone College is the only community college in Northern California to have received this designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA,” says Ron Sha, Head of Ohlone’s Cybersecurity Program and CNET Department, Professor of Computer Science and CNET.

Ohlone’s cyber defense course offering and certificates include information technology curriculum and certification courses preparing students for work in positions including: Network Administrator, Cybersecurity, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco Network Professional, Business Analytics, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. ​The CNET Department is also a Cisco Network Academy, VMware Authorized Academy, Palo Alto Network Academy, CompTIA Academy, and Microsoft IT Academy.

“Ohlone’s ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” says Karen Leuschner, National CAE Program Manager, NSA.

A formal DHS/NSA ceremony will take place on November 20, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona to formally recognize Ohlone College’s designation. Additionally, official letters of notice from DHS/NSA have been sent to California Governor Gavin Newsom, Congressman Ro Khanna, other Members of Congress, and appropriate Congressional Committees.

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