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White House taps Whatcom Community College for Cybersecurity Summit, funds national center

NCyTE Center at Whatcom Community College named ATE National Cybersecurity Center

August 25, 2021— Bellingham, Wash. – The president of Whatcom Community College today represented our nation's community and technical colleges at a White House summit on national cybersecurity. President Biden, members of his cabinet and national security team, and private sector and education leaders met to discuss how to work collectively to fight malicious cyber activity.

"Cybersecurity threats are pervasive. This isn't just an education problem or a technology problem, it's a nationwide, cross-sector problem that demands a collective response," said Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president of Whatcom Community College. "It takes all of us working together to face this challenge."

Hiyane-Brown was invited to attend the summit because of Whatcom Community College's nationally recognized leadership in the area of cybersecurity. The National Science Foundation has designated Whatcom Community College as the new Advanced Technological Education National Cybersecurity Center, which focuses on building a comprehensive network of education institutions, businesses and government agencies to expand and sustain a robust cybersecurity workforce. Corrinne Sande, the Center's principal director, attended a breakout session at the summit.

On Tuesday, August 24, the National Science Foundation announced a $7.5 million grant to significantly expand the Center's work in helping colleges train cybersecurity faculty and adopt leading-edge curriculum aimed at fast-tracking students into cybersecurity careers.

To date, the Center has collaborated with more than 430 colleges and universities and more than 300 high schools, impacting approximately 30,000 students across the nation.

The Center develops new resources and curriculum for adaptation into cybersecurity programs, leads workshops for cybersecurity faculty professional development, strengthens transfer opportunities for cybersecurity students between high schools, community and technical colleges and universities, and supports the implementation of cybersecurity education standards. The Center also builds business connections to expand work-based learning opportunities and scholarships for students.

"Washington state was so well represented at the summit, because we are the home of so many high-tech companies," said Hiyane-Brown.

About NCyTE: The National Cybersecurity Training & Education (NCyTE) Center is funded by the National Science Foundation. NCyTE's mission is to increase the quantity and quality of the cybersecurity workforce throughout the nation. NCyTE Center is based in Bellingham, WA at Whatcom Community College. For more information visit www.ncyte.net.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top community colleges in the nation for student outcomes. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers two bachelor of applied science degrees, transfer degrees, career and workforce preparation, online courses, and community education classes. New high school graduates, laid-off workers, seasoned employees, future university students — all students count on WCC to support their academic and career goals. For more information, visit www.whatcom.edu.

Contact: Toyo Garber, NCyTE Center Marketing & Communications Manager, TGarber@whatcom.edu, 360.383.3176