Program Chair Mary Wallingsford. “We’re
experimenting with social media and striving
for inclusion in the classroom through professional development activities and more equitable
DON’T GO IT ALONE
Whatcom targets women and military veterans
in its recruitment efforts. The college hosts a
student chapter of the Women in Cybersecurity
Conference ( WiCys), which gathers women at
all stages of their cybersecurity careers to share
their knowledge and experience.
Whatcom also developed a military occupational
specialty (MOS) program through its Cyber Watch
West consortium, allowing veterans to earn course
equivalencies from technical skills they learned in
Drawing students into Whatcom’s cybersecu-
rity space is far easier than attracting instructors
to teach them, says program director Sande. As
Whatcom can’t match salaries with larger insti-
tutions, it has to grow cyber-skilled professionals
from the inside, utilizing grant funding from
various sources for training and equipment.
“In this field, you have to keep up your skills,
and much of the time you have to teach yourself,”
Sande says. “When wireless technology came out
around in 1999, I taught myself.”
Moraine Valley invests in existing faculty
through workshops and free exam vouchers
sponsored by Cisco and other corporate partners.
Along with continuous training, the college offers
supplemental contracts where instructors teach
certification and advanced technology courses in
addition to their base load salaries.
“It’s tough because we can’t compete with
four-year salaries—I don’t think any school has
cracked that issue,” says Moraine Valley's Sands.
“So we’re putting money into existing faculty
and looking for students coming out of technical
or education programs at state universities.”
Two-year cybersecurity ventures are finding
strength through consortiums aiming to build a
national infrastructure of qualified technical educators. Moraine Valley is the lead institution for
College targets women
and military veterans in
its recruitment efforts.