Cincinnati State partnership for Cybersecurity education is recognized

The National CyberWatch Center has published information on an articulation partnership between Cincinnati State and Western Governors University Ohio (WGU Ohio) as part of its annual recognition of innovations in cybersecurity education.

Recipients of innovation awards were recognized on August 4, 2020, during a virtual Community College Cyber Summit.

  • The CState/WGU partnership is described in the publication 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education (click to download PDF).
  • Over 250 ideas were submitted, but only 40 were selected for inclusion in the annual publication. A panel of educators reviewed and selected items for publication.
  • Krista Spencer from WGU and Paul Weingartner, Program Chair for Computer Network Engineering Technology – Cybersecurity Major, developed the CS/WGU program.
  • The CState/WGU program description, titled “How to Earn a Cybersecurity Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree Two Years After High School Completion and for Less Than $15,400, Inclusive of all Resources and Certifications,“ is on page 49 of the PDF document.

The partnership helps high school students who are taking College Credit Plus courses to first earn a Cincinnati State associate’s degree in Computer Network Engineering Technology – Cybersecurity Major and then transfer to WGU to earn their bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity.

The National CyberWatch Center is “a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.” The Center is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.