Cybersecurity Program Comes to OFTC this Fall
After receiving final approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) recently announced the addition of a Cybersecurity degree and diploma to the Computer Information Systems program offerings this fall.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, cybersecurity jobs are growing well above the national average of 7 percent with a 28 percent projected growth rate through 2026.
“Cybersecurity will be a great addition to our campuses,” shared Michele Strickland, OFTC’s Dean of Academic Affairs. “The number of jobs in our immediate area from cybersecurity has increased drastically with the addition of the Cyber Command Center at Fort Gordon. Many local businesses are also hiring people with a background in cybersecurity to protect their records of their employees and customers.”
The cybersecurity program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing, and upon successful completion of the program, graduates will qualify for employment as an Information Security Specialist.
“Our students will benefit by having a field of study that is on the forefront of everyone’s minds as cybercrimes continue to rise,” Strickland added.
Students can take cybersecurity classes at the Sandersville campus, the Dublin campus, or even online, and it will take approximately 5 semesters for a full-time student to complete the cybersecurity associate of applied science degree program. Students can complete the cybersecurity diploma program in approximately 4 semesters. Graduates of the networking specialist associate of applied science degree program can return and add on the cybersecurity courses to complete the cybersecurity program as well.