MATC designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) Release date: May 21, 2013
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Manhattan Area Technical College a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y). This designation covers academic years 2013 through 2015.
As stated in the notification letter, “[MATC’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. The President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and the International Strategy for Cyberspace address the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. Like all nations, the United States has a compelling interest in defending its vital national assets, as well as our core principles and values, and we are committed to defending against those who would attempt to impede our ability to do so. Education is the key to promoting these ideals.”
The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Program was launched in 2009 as a means of providing recognition to institutions that serve as models for two-year schools by providing innovative, comprehensive, multidisciplinary education and training in the Information Assurance/Cybersecurity field. Recognition of these efforts will help expand cyber education by encouraging additional two-year institutions to enter the IA education and training arena, supporting the intent of the federal government to expand cyber education throughout the nation.
Manhattan Area Technical College works to foster and create opportunities for interdisciplinary activities, continues to develop and support both credit and continuing education academic programs, and serves as a link between the academic and professional communities. MATC's team of educators in this field is extraordinarily innovative and dedicated to providing the best learning experience possible for students. Ben Eckart, instructor in MATC’s Information and Network Technology program remarks, “MATC’s being awarded CAE2Y is proof positive that the team in INT has been working hard to create a program that is nationally recognized for its quality of education and content. This is a true honor for us.”
The National Center of Academic Excellence designation attests to the quality of IA programs, and MATC is only 2-year College in Kansas that has been awarded this honor. Certificates of recognitions for this honor will be presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Mobile, Alabama, on 10 June 2013. For more information on the award and MATC’s cyber programs, contact Ben Eckart at email@example.com.