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DDN: Wright State to lead cybersecurity training program with community colleges

Tawsik Jawad

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State has received a $704,000 federal grant to lead a new national cybersecurity training program for students from community colleges and underrepresented groups.

The two-year grant will allow Wright State to work with several Ohio and U.S. universities and colleges. There is potential for a third year of funding, which would be $332,000, for a total of about $1.4 million.

“We aim to educate and train community college students and prepare them as a workforce to protect our national security against new cybersecurity attacks targeting our military, businesses, critical infrastructure and intelligent system applications,” Fathi Amsaad, assistant professor of computer science at Wright State, who is the principal investigator on the grant, said.

A 2021 research paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found significant value-added for students who would not have otherwise gone to college.

The four-year institutions involved are Wright State, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas University, Sacred Heart University, Florida International University, the University of Texas El Paso and California State University, Sacramento. The five community colleges in the program are Clark State Community College, Columbus State Community College, the Community College of Rhode Island, Miami Dade College and El Paso Community College.