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Early College: Cybersecurity

cybersecurity early college program

The Early College Cybersecurity program prepares students for a potential career in the high-demand field of cybersecurity. Successful students will earn their high school diploma, CompTIA Network+ certification, and an associate degree in network security within one year of graduating from high school.

Why study cybers​ecurity?

Businesses and governments are at risk for security breaches, network outages, and viruses that threaten computers and data. An evolving and fast-changing industry, cybersecurity professionals are in demand by businesses and organizations both small and large.

What to Expect?

Starting in the ninth grade, students will be engaged in college-preparation coursework. In 10th grade, students will begin participating in classes with their Early College cohort, a small group of college-bound high school students with the same focus on cybersecurity. They will attend the Applications and Research Labpratory (ARL) to take a hybrid Career and Research and Development course, in which students will identify their aptitudes and abilities, and apply that knowledge to career and college exploration.

In the 11th grade, students will begin taking a few college courses taught by Howard Community College professors at the ARL. By their senior year, students will be enrolled in almost all of their courses at Howard Community College, and transportation will be provided to and from HCC. All college courses will simultaneously apply to students’ high school graduation requirements.

Once students successfully graduate from high school, they will already have earned 30 college credits, and they will attend HCC full time as a second year student to gain their final 30 credits necessary to earn their associate degree and CompTIA Network+ Certification. In addition, students will receive opportunities to participate in internship experiences and receive one-on-one support from an advisor to write a career-ready resume and to prepare for job interviews.

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