Cybersecurity program earns national honor

Susan Pohorski, PR & Marketing Writer

MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. National Security Agency have designated Madison College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

“A highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage,” wrote Karen Leuschner, National CAE program manager.

Only two Wisconsin two-year colleges earned the designation. The list of  272 Centers across the country includes the U.S Naval Academy, The Citadel and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Designated two-year, four-year, and graduate level institutions must meet stringent criteria.

Mike Masino, IT instructor in computer lab
Mike Masino, cybersecurity instructor

Madison College’s Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree program prepares graduates to address the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills.

“Information technology instructors Mike Masino and Mike Belton ensure that the college’s cybersecurity program is relevant, current and responds to the ever-evolving needs of district employers,” said Denise Reimer, executive dean of the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology.

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Madison College serves more than 33,000 students throughout a 12-county district in south-central Wisconsin, offering nearly 180 diverse career programs, diplomas and certificates. Its mission is to provide open access to quality higher education that fosters lifelong learning and success in the communities it serves. Madison College is the second-largest institution in the Wisconsin Technical College System.