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National CyberWatch Center


McDowell Technical Community College is excited to announce that it is now a member of the National CyberWatch Center, the largest network of Information Security educators and institutions of higher education in the world.  The objectives of the academic institution membership is to: 

  • Support the national imperative for developing cybersecurity-educated professionals by providing educational, networking, and collaborative opportunities for faculty and their institutions. 
  • To foster evidenced-based practices among the membership by providing software platforms and data that support collaboration, and
  • To assist in the collection of data that can be used by all member schools as they create their cybersecurity organizational strategic plans. 

McDowell Technical Community College is proud to share its passion for advancing the cybersecurity workforce and filling the cyber skills gap.  For additional information regarding the National CyberWatch Center, contact the college NCW administrator, Randy Hollifield, at or visit the National CyberWatch Center website via the following link: CyberWatch.

Now that the a new semester is beginning... kick it off by sharing an incredible opportunity with your students that will help them stand out from the crowd and start building their personal brand! Students and faculty members are encouraged to share their relevant work with the National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA). From blogs to academic work and research, the Student Association will promote your work to their rapidly growing, worldwide audience.
Encourage your students and colleagues to share their work and NCSA will market you and your work free of charge through their emails, website, and/or social media platforms.
The National Cybersecurity Student Association is hosting another summer CyberXL series! Challenges will be released every Monday for four weeks through email, Facebook and Twitter for students to solve as individual participants. Challenges will range from easy to advanced and keep students cyber skills fresh all summer.
Those that submit the correct answer will have their name put into a weekly prize drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
Learn more about the CyberXL games here:
Check out the Federal Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Resource Guide, an NSF funded research project explored the viability of cybersecurity apprenticeships for federal agency pipeline support.
Have an #academic paper or class assignment you're proud of from a previous semester? #CyberStudents wants to share YOUR work with our growing, international platform! Take advantage of this #opportunity to build your personal brand and gain experience.
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Did you know neurodivergent people have unique abilities & skills that make them particularly successful in cybersecurity jobs? In this webcast, Diane Delaney & Megan Roddie from IBM talk about the importance of neurodivergent #cybersecurity teams and discuss how neurodivergent talent can begin building skills and training in cyber to land a job in high-tech.

Open Office Hours

National CyberWatch Center

As we are getting ready to finish up the spring semester, we wanted to touch base with our student members!  Join us on April 14 for Open Office Hours.  We encourage you to bring any questions, comments, or concerns and we will be happy to help in any way possible!  We will also be discussing COVID-19 Resources, Student IT Clubs, Cybersecurity Competitions, and Building your Brand & Marketing.


Hosts: Dr. Vitaly Ford & Gus Hinojosa Jr. 

Date: April 14

Time: 7pm EST | 6pm CST | 5pm MST | 4pm PST


Register here:

Download the Federal Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Resource Guide from the National CyberWatch Center website.

This NSF-funded research project explored the viability of cybersecurity apprenticeships for federal agency pipeline support. During the 18-month effort – which ended in December 2020 – a Working Group of 15 federal, academic, and practitioner experts developed a strong dialog and presence in the apprenticeship space. Aided by close ties to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group on Apprenticeships, the project developed a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the apprenticeship model, and identified key ways to improve the adoption of apprenticeships.

Primary Audience: Federal Cybersecurity human resources and hiring managers.

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