Mikulski, Cardin Announce More Than $700,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Enhance Cybersecurity Curriculum at Hagerstown Community College

From: Sen. Mikulski

New partnership with Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute will increase opportunities for students to receive hands-on training in cybersecurity.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced today that Hagerstown Community College (HCC) received a $713,996 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance the college’s cybersecurity curriculum and provide its students with more opportunities for hands-on research through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute. The funds will also be used to recruit students to the cybersecurity program, particularly women and minorities.   

“The United States is under attack,” Senator Mikulski said. “Every day, cyber thieves, cyber thugs, and cyber terrorists are hacking our systems, trying to take them down. This federal funding will enable the Hagerstown Community College to prepare its students to be our first line of defense against these attacks, and will grow our cybersecurity workforce for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow.”   

“Maryland is on the front lines of defending America from cyber threats, and I am proud that Hagerstown Community College is a partner in this fight,” said Senator Cardin. “Maryland is the place to be for cybersecurity and cybersecurity training. Federal investments like this are important for educating the next generation of cyber-warriors. A diverse workforce that is proficient in STEM and cyber skills is good for our regional economy and our national security.”  

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