In an effort to support the growing need for trained professionals in the cybersecurity field, both regionally and nationally, Frederick Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Hood College have collaborated to provide a single, unified degree pathway into this field.
In June, the presidents of the three institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. This articulation agreement among these regional cybersecurity powerhouses is the first of its kind in the U.S. and puts the needs of the student first to ensure seamless transition for three degrees on one career path.
The cybersecurity associate's degree at FCC will offer courses that transfer to the Mount toward a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. In turn, the cybersecurity curriculum at the Mount will transfer toward a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Hood College. The provosts and cybersecurity faculty leads at each institution developed the agreement to give students a contemporary, rigorous, and relevant education in the cybersecurity field that
fully aligns with National Security Agency accreditation standards.
“An important component of this agreement is the strategic advising aspect,” said Hood President Andrea E. Chapdelaine. “Academic advisers at each school will know the steps needed for the next degree, ensuring timely completion of each degree, ultimately saving students money and time.”