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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 13, 2018 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that it has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2023.  The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation.

The NSA’s National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Program supports the President’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.  The CAE-Cyber Operations program is intended to be a deeply technical, inter-disciplinary, higher education program firmly grounded in the computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering disciplines, with extensive opportunities for hands-on applications via labs/exercises.

For information on the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, please visit National Centers of Academic Excellence – Cyber Defense.

In response to the designation, FTCC has established a Cyber Defense Education Center on the Fayetteville campus in the General Classroom Building (GCB), located at 2817 Fort Bragg Road. For additional information, please contact Chris Herring (, FTCC Department Chair for Systems Security & Analysis, or at 910-678-8509.

Fayetteville Technical Community College was established in 1961 and serves over 40,000 students annually by providing over 250 occupational, technical, general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs to meet students’ needs and desires as well as the community. Visit FTCC’s website at  Like us on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter @faytechcc.