Honolulu Community College (HonCC) received its redesignation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense for Two-Year Education (CAE2Y IA/CD) at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held in Las Vegas, Nevada this summer. HonCC is now one of only 31 junior and community colleges nationwide to hold this distinction. The CAE2Y IA/CD program, which is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recognizes colleges and universities that have met their standard of excellence, in providing quality cybersecurity awareness, training, and education to the community.

Honolulu CC’s Computing, Electronics & Networking Technology (CENT) Program Coordinator, Sally Dunan and Technical Coordinator, Aaron Tanaka accepted the honor at the national awards ceremony. “Having the CAE2Y designation has opened the door to key industry partnerships that our students and the program will greatly benefit from,” shares Tanaka.

In July, HonCC partnered with the NSA, National Science Foundation, Hawai‘i Department of Education, University of Hawai‘i Information Technology Services, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training, and the University of Alaska, in hosting the first ever Gencyber camp. The camp that held from July 13-17 was attended by 59 high school students and 28 high school teachers from Hawai‘i with one high school student attending from Texas. Governor David Ige made an appearance at the camp and commented on the need for cybersecurity professionals. “Virtually every industry, every business will require some kind of IT touch and therefore will need cybersecurity professionals.”

As part of HonCC’s continued mission to be a premiere technology training center, the CENT program has partnered with the University of West O‘ahu to offer a Bachelors of Applied Science Degree in Information Security Assurance that was launched in the Fall 2013 semester.Honolulu1 2