DVIDS – News – US Naval Community College Selects Western Governors University for Competency-Based Education Cybersecurity Program


QUANTICO, Va. – The US Naval Community College selected Western Governors University as one of the Pilot II cybersecurity associate degree programs on February 11, 2022.

This new opportunity offers active duty Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen the opportunity to earn cybersecurity certificates or associate degrees that will directly contribute to the Naval Services and put them on the path to lifelong learning. .

“This is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to offer a skills-based, self-paced education program,” said Randi Cosentino, Ed.D., president of the USNCC. “For this program, we have selected an institution that has developed the gold standard in competency-based education.”

Competency-based education is an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of a subject based on measurement of skills and learning. Instead of the traditional time-based semester model, the competency-based education model advances students at a pace that best suits their educational abilities. It also means that enlisted naval service members can pursue their education in a way that best suits their operational environment.

“We are thrilled to partner with the US Naval Community College to serve our military personnel and enable our nation’s combat capabilities,” said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. “Through our student-centered, competency-based education model, we will demonstrate our unwavering commitment to maritime student access and success. »

This agreement offers active duty Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen the opportunity to earn Navy-relevant certificates and an associate’s degree in cybersecurity that will directly contribute to the readiness of the Naval Services and place them on the way of lifelong learning.

Navy professionals who pursue the Associate’s degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Science through the USNCC will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of cybersecurity policy, software assurance, programming, including scripting and network defense, as well as receiving four computer technologies. Association certifications as part of the course. The degree will also have an established transfer path to four-year degree programs in cybersecurity and information assurance.

The degree path also includes a Certificate in Naval Studies taught by USNCC faculty and a Professional Cybersecurity Certificate in Networking and Cyber ​​Defense Foundations earned through WGU.

WGU is regionally accredited by the North West Commission on Colleges and has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber ​​Defense by the National Security Agency. While the USNCC pursues accreditation, WGU will be the primary degree issuer for this associate’s degree program, ensuring that service members who graduate from this program receive a transferable degree from an accredited institution.

Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen on active duty can complete an application at the USNCC website, www.usncc.edu. The first courses will begin in the fall of 2022.

The United States Naval Community College is the community college for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. For more information about the USNCC, visit www.usncc.edu. Click on the Student Interest Form link to learn how to become part of the USNCC Pilot II program.

Date taken: 23.02.2022
Date posted: 24.02.2022 10:08
Story ID: 415179
Location: QUANTICO, Virginia, USA

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