Midwest City, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Rose State’s cyber security program a $96,000 grant to build a new Self-Paced Cyber Security Laboratory.
“This grant will allow us to expand our class offerings while providing more hands-on learning with state of the art facilities for both in class and online students,” stated Rose State’s Cyber Security Professor Ken Dewey.
For the fourth year in a row, Rose State’s Cyber Security program has grown, with Fall 2018 enrollment the largest in program history. The program has an enrollment of 280 majors compared with 95 in the fall of 2010 – an increase of more than 200 percent in a decade and an increase of 15 percent in the last year alone.
The record enrollments in the cyber security program at Rose State have taxed the capacity of all of the campus facilities including laboratory space. The new laboratory will be open extended hours and students will be allowed access through their student id cards at times more convenient to the varied student body of Rose State College.
The Rose State College, cyber security program, is the leading program in the Oklahoma City metro area offering an Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS) in Cyber Security 100% on-line, in-class or a combination of both.
The program has been recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security through 2020.
According to the estimates by the Department of Homeland Security (2018) more than half a million jobs in cyber security are available right now. Industry experts at (ics)2, (2018) an international, non-profit association of more than 138,000 certified cyber security professionals, projects that more than a million jobs in cyber security will need to be filled by 2022.