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FCC, Mount St. Mary's and Hood College Sign Cybersecurity Agreement

Hood College

June 14, 2018


In an effort to support the growing need for trained professionals in the cybersecurity field, both regionally and nationally, Frederick Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University and Hood College will collaborate to provide a single, unified degree pathway into this field

The presidents of the three institutions signed the Memorandum of Understanding this afternoon at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. This articulation agreement among these regional cybersecurity powerhouses is the first of its kind in the U.S. and puts the needs of the student first to ensure seamless transition for three degrees on one career path.

“Frederick County residents are fortunate to have three outstanding higher education institutions in our community,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “We are thrilled to partner with Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University to offer students this unified degree pathway that leads to a master’s degree in an in-demand and critical career field.”

The cybersecurity associate degree at FCC will offer courses that transfer to the Mount toward a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. In turn, the cybersecurity curriculum at the Mount will transfer toward a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Hood College. The provosts and cybersecurity faculty leads at each school developed the agreement to give students a contemporary, rigorous and relevant education in the cybersecurity field that fully aligns with National Security Agency accreditation standards.

“This unique partnership will help ensure our country’s security by providing local, regional and national companies with well-trained cybersecurity professionals,” said Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “The Mount is excited to welcome students who begin their higher education at FCC and then encourage our graduates in cybersecurity to pursue advanced studies at Hood.”