Honolulu Community College received recognition as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held this summer in Mobile, Alabama.  Honolulu CC is the only college in the state of Hawai’i to hold this designation, and joins the ranks of 33 other junior and community colleges nationwide.

“We are honored to receive the CAE2Y recognition that was given to Honolulu Community College,” shares Sally Dunan, program coordinator for the Computing, Electronics & Networking Technology (CENT) program at Honolulu CC, who represented the college at the national awards ceremony.

The CAE2Y program, jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, recognizes colleges and universities that have demonstrated a commitment to providing quality Information Assurance awareness, training, and education. The CAE2Y designation not only provides recognition to the campus, but also opens the door for students to obtain federal scholarships and for the college to attain grant funding.

Honolulu’s application to become a CAE2Y was anchored by the CENT program on the credit side and by the Pacific Center for Advanced Technical Training (PCATT) on the non-credit side.

“Going through the process of applying to become a CAE2Y was a great exercise for the college.  It brought awareness that our institution is well equipped to support quality Cybersecurity training and be a center of support to the community on Cybersecurity issues,” states Aaron Tanaka, technical coordinator for the CENT program.  This past summer Honolulu CC hosted a CyberPatriot boot camp for high school coaches and mentors on the CyberPatriot program and on Cybersecurity.

As part of the college’s continued mission to be a premiere technology-training center, the CENT program at Honolulu has partnered with the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu to offer a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in Information Security Assurance. The program was launched in the fall 2013 semester with information security courses being offered at both campuses.