May 11

May 11, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security has designated MCC a National Center of Academic Excellence for cybersecurity


OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense two-year education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2023 by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The College was selected for the designation after the NSA conducted a thorough review of College’s cybersecurity curriculum. 


“The designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense two-year education positions Metropolitan Community College on a national and international level to prepare students to contribute to the national defense,” said Gary Sparks, MCC faculty member and program director of MCC’s Center for Cybersecurity Education. 


MCC representatives will be formally recognized during a designation ceremony on June 6 at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama. The designation announcement comes on the heels of a partnership with Cyberworld Institute, an agreement that greatly expands the College’s course offerings in cybersecurity. 


The goal of the academic excellence program from the NSA and DHS is to reduce vulnerability in national information infrastructure by promoting higher education in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense skills. All four-year, two-year and graduate level institutions are eligible for the designation as long as they meet a strict set of criteria.


For more information about MCC’s Center for Cybersecurity Education, visit 




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.