SPRINGFIELD — Lincoln Land Community College has won a grant to fund a new cyber security training program.
The National Science Foundation granted $199,999 to the Springfield college to develop a cyber security program with four-level certification. The Advanced Technical Education grant is for 3-years, beginning in June. Administrators hope to open the new program for students in the fall semester of 2018.
LLCC currently offers classes in cyber security as one of seven tracks leading to an associate of applied science degree in computer information systems.
In 2015, LLCC was one of six schools in the nation taking part in a competency-based training program, which means students can progress at their own speed depending on their test scores.
Amid the state budget crisis, Lincoln Land was forced to put the program development on hold. Now, with the help of a new NSF grant, the work to build out a new type of computer training will resume.