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Macomb Community College designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

– Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:00AM

National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designation acknowledges Macomb’s cybersecurity program

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Macomb Community College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education (CAE-CDE). Macomb is one of four Michigan community colleges that have earned the designation and among 100 institutions nationwide.

The NSA and the DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense program, which is designed to reduce vulnerability in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense, and developing professionals with cyber defense expertise.

“This designation recognizes Macomb Community College’s highly focused cybersecurity program,” said Dave Corba, dean, Business and Information Technology, Macomb Community College. “Because Macomb’s program is aligned with the criteria of the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, our graduates are prepared with a robust understanding of cyber defense technology and practices, positioning them in a career in this growing and important field.”

The CAE-CDE program is open to regionally accredited two-year community colleges, technical schools, state or federally endorsed cybersecurity training centers or U.S. government cybersecurity training centers. Those institutions awarded the designation have met a set of rigorous criteria that ensures curriculum adheres to accepted and evolving practices in cybersecurity.

With the CAE-CDE designation, Macomb is eligible to apply for federal grants to grow and strengthen the college’s cybersecurity program. The designation will also be noted on student transcripts showing they have received an education considered critical by the U.S. government. Macomb’s CAE-CDE designation is valid through June 2024.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is one of the largest grantors of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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