Skip to main content

August 31, 2017

To strengthen its cybersecurity classes, Johnson County Community College will receive more than $20,000 from a national mentorship program.

The American Association of Community Colleges selected JCCC for its MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education program. MentorLinks pairs experienced mentors in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) with colleges seeking support.

The JCCC partnership will be:

  • JCCC’s Mazen Akkam, professor of Information Technology
  • JCCC’s Deb Elder, assistant dean of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Danis Heighton, mentor, professor of Computer Networking and Cybersecurity at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio

Demand for cybersecurity technicians has increased as hacking incidents are publicized and more businesses and nonprofits aim to shore up their virtual presence, Elder said. Since attacks are ongoing, cybersecurity technicians must be trained to update their skills as fast or faster than the technology changes.

JCCC was one of only 11 colleges selected for MentorLinks for the current cohort. 

Funding also will be used for faculty to attend the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) national conference.

JCCC currently offers these classes in cybersecurity:

  • Network Security Fundamentals (IT 201)
  • Digital Forensics (IT 238)
  • Ethical Hacking (IT 239)
  • Windows Security (IT 256)

Akkam said the JCCC team will be working with high schools and colleges in the area “to advance students to various marketable skill levels” in cybersecurity.

Interested in cybersecurity? Check out the IT program at JCCC or contact Akkam at 913-469-8500, ext. 3348.