Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges (C5) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation. C5 supports the creation of a nationwide network of community colleges that have met national standards in cybersecurity education, producing more and better-prepared graduates for the workforce, and ultimately leading to a more secure nation.
C5 has strengthened and expanded the number of community colleges across the nation that have earned the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation for cybersecurity education. The project supports the CAE Application Assistance Program by matching approved mentee institutions with qualified mentors who assist them with the application process.
C5 brought together computer science and cybersecurity educators to develop new course content that integrates the two disciplines. The resulting C5 Modules can be seamlessly incorporated into existing computing or cybersecurity courses, or bundled to create an introductory cybersecurity-infused computer science course.
The Cybersecurity Concept Lessons integrate cybersecurity into the AP CSP course. Each lesson contains a presentation, an overview document, and activities that can be downloaded and used in the classroom.
C5 materials are being disseminated by NCyTE Center.
The C5 project is administered by Whatcom Community College (WCC) in Bellingham, Washington.