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Students enrolled in Whatcom’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) and cybersecurity programs have the advantage of studying in one of the nation’s top community colleges (Aspen Institute, 2017), recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance / Cyber Defense 2-year education (CAE2Y).
Whatcom is also the lead institution of NCyTE (formerly CyberWatch West), a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education center that is one of only four in the nation in the field of cybersecurity education and the only one on the West Coast.
These designations help our students as they enter the workforce or transfer to four-year schools, conveying that they graduated from a program nationally recognized for its excellence and alignment to the highest information security standards for two-year college education.
Whatcom’s CIS and cybersecurity programs offer multiple degree and certificate options that lead to high demand, high wage occupations and/or opportunities to continue at Whatcom or transfer to complete a 4-year bachelor degree. Multiple student activities extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance professional development.
What are the standards to be successful in the CIS and cybersecurity programs?
Students of Whatcom's CIS and cybersecurity program must earn a grade of at least 2.0 (C) in each program course to earn the associates degree.
Cybersecurity students wishing to apply to be accepted into Western Washington University's Computer and Information Systems Security bachelor degree program must first earn the AAS-T degree in cybersecurity with at least a 2.5 GPA.
What is CyberWatch West?WCC is the lead institution of CyberWatch West, a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies that is focused on building and maintaining a stronger information security/assurance workforce. CyberWatch West is a consortium of 62 institutions (and growing) with a regional, west coast focus. CyberWatch West is funded by the National Science Foundation.
What are Cisco and the CCNA certifications?Cisco Systems is the world leader in internet working products. The CCNA is the Cisco Certified Networking Associate certificate; it is an indication the individual is qualified for an entry level networking position. The goal is that students who complete a certain series of courses (CIS 226, 227, 228, 229) will be qualified to take and pass both the Network + and the CCNA exams, and thus earn these industry-wide recognized professional certifications.
What are the requirements for employment in the fields of CIS and cybersecurity?While not a requirement for entrance into the CIS and cybersecurity programs, students should be aware that many employers in this career field require criminal background checks.
What are the prerequisites for the CIS and cybersecurity programs?
- Proof of placement into MATH 094 (Basic Math) or above, or credits earned in higher level math course; and,
- Proof of placement into ENGL 092 (Critical Analysis) or above, or credits earned in higher level English courses.
- The Cybersecurity AAS-T degree requires completion of CIS 105 (Computer Operating Systems I) with a C (2.0) grade or better.
Topics include Whatcom's four-year BAS degree in IT Networking, computer information systems (CIS) and cybersecurity program, and middle and high school cybercamps and workshops.