Preview of Award 1501195 - annual Project Report


Federal Agency and Organization Element to Which Report is Submitted:
Federal Grant or Other Identifying Number Assigned by Agency:
Project Title:
Integrating Soft/Entrepreneurial Skills for Success in Cybersecurity
PD/PI Name:
  • Allan Anderson, Principal Investigator
  • Carol Cole, Co-Principal Investigator
Recipient Organization:
Northeast State Technical Community College
Project/Grant Period:
03/01/2016 - 02/28/2018
Reporting Period:
03/01/2016 - 02/28/2017
Submitting Official (if other than PD\PI):
  • Allan Anderson
  • Principal Investigator
Submission Date:
Signature of Submitting Official (signature shall be submitted in accordance with agency specific instructions)
Allan Anderson


* What are the major goals of the project?

1) Integrating “soft skills” - such as teamwork, effective communication, and relationship

building; and entrepreneurial skills - such as leadership, salesmanship, accountability, goal

orientation, persuasion and influence - into the current IA curriculum and new entrepreneurial

course, for the IA courses of Information Security; Fundamentals, Enterprise Security

Management, Computer Forensics, Network Security, and Secure Electronic Commerce soft

skills such as report writing, documentation of processes, and oral communications will be

incorporated into the course;

2) Building enrollment in the IA program by focusing on area high schools, the community, and

industry outreach;

3) Developing and disseminating a replicable model curriculum and results from the project

through the National CyberWatch Center Clearinghouse and through the South Carolina

Advance Technologically Education Center (SCATE)

* What was accomplished under these goals (you must provide information for at least one of the 4 categories below)?

Major Activities:

Goal 1 - Developed soft skills and entrepreneurial skills modules for integration into the IA curriculum
and Entrepreneurship course.
Goal 1 - Completed development and obtained approval of the Entrepreneurial course.
Goal 2 - Developed project-related recruitment and marketing materials including the Computer and
Information Sciences – Information Assurance brochure; Cyber Defense and Network
Engineering Programs booklet; and the Cybersecurity website, table drape and stand-up banner.

Specific Objectives:

Goal 1 - To integrate “soft skills” such as teamwork, effective communication, and relationship building into the current IA curriculum. To integrate entrepreneurial skills, such as leadership, salesmanship, accountability, goal orientation, persuasion and influence, into the current IA curriculum. The creation of a new Entrepreneurial Skills course.

Goal 2 - Recruit from area high schools. High school guidance counselor and Technical Education Teacher education. Community outreach and after school activities. Internal recruitment of NeSCC students in Business Technologies Division classes. Industry outreach

Goal 3 - Dissemination of results of the project. 

Significant Results:

Goal 1 - Targeted IA Information Security courses where the inclusion of “soft skills” will be integrated are: Fundamentals, Enterprise Security Management, Computer Forensics, Network Security, and Secure Electronic Commerce. Specific “soft skills” to be integrated into these courses are: report writing, documentation of processes, and oral communications. The evaluator was provided with documentation (which included monthly summaries of activities performed) to support project progress toward attainment of this strategy/activity. The evaluator also was provided with observation comments written by NeSCC faculty and administrators who were invited to witness student presentations in which “soft skills” were demonstrated. Excerpts from two such comments follow:

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to assist with the presentation review of your class. Your students were very creative with their approaches to their presentations and they modeled good
organizational skills during this exercise. They were able to present the facts and figures with understandable terms. The teams dividedup the presentations within the membership of their committees. Each member was able to communicate their ideas and comments for the shared purpose and the conclusions were very clear and well summarized. “ [Dr. Steven R. Campbell, Chief Financial Officer, Northeast State Community College]

“The presentation given by each group reflected their unique perspective on the problem presented – providing secure computer forensics environment for an organization. The solutions presented ranged from using existing facilities to construction of new facilities. It was interesting to see and hear the cost/benefits justifications for each solution. I believe this project helped the students to understand not only the challenges that will be facing them in the real world of computer security but also how important it is to be able to effectively communicate that solution to their customers at all levels of the organization (executive, administrative, technical).” [Tom Huskisson, Computer Systems Manager, Northeast State Community College].

Visits and presentations to campus Introductory Computer Science and Business classes defines the specificity of this strategy. The evaluator was provided with Workshop Evaluation Forms from a
presentation provided by the campus Job Placement Office that occurred on October 18, 2016. The presentation focus was on “soft skills” required for successful interviewing. Evaluation comments
describe the presentation as being overwhelmingly well-received.

Goal 2 - Consistent with the project’s proposal contents, evaluation sought to determine the extent to which the project engaged in efforts to recruit from the nineteen area high schools within the College’s five-county service area. Recruitment strategies were to include job fairs, information sessions, and presentations. Although the management team indicated that recruitment would begin in Spring 2017, the evaluator noted the occurrence of the following already completed offerings that align with this strategy: Virginia High School CyberCAMP 2016 (June 27 – July 14,2016; target groups – rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students). Presentation: Meeting of the High School Transitions Executive Council (January 19, 2017).

Among related planned events is “Career Discovery 2017” to be offered June 21- 16, 2017. The evaluator applauds the Cybersecurity management team for its involvement in and offering of this activity as It is an example of the project leveraging the resources of another College grant/funded project.

Given the continuation of recruitment efforts throughout the life of Cybersecurity, the evaluator encourages the Cybersecurity management team to track attendee numbers at all related offerings to document the extent of its outreach efforts. This can simply be achieved through sign-in sheets which, where possible, also collects demographic information such as grade level and gender.

Materials reviewed by the evaluator included evidence of the Innovative Expo offering which occurred June 2-3, 2016 in conjunction with Asheville-Buncombe Technical College’s Skilled Workers 2.0 project. High school counselors and Career Tech instructors were the targeted groups. According to the sign-in sheet, 14 individuals attended this event. During the evaluator’s most recent site visit, project management conveyed that planning is underway for a high school faculty professional development session to occur on June 21, 2017.

The project team will be promoting dual enrollment opportunities with students in after school programs (e.g. Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA, Girls Inc., etc.)” During Year 1, Cybersecurity leveraged resources via another grant (CyberCamp) as an example of honoring the stated intent.

September 8, 2016: presentation of the Cyber Defense curriculum and opportunities to BUSN 2380 – Principles of Marketing September 13, 2016: presentation of the Cyber Defense curriculum and opportunities to BUSN 1380 – Supervisory Management As enrollees in the above and other classes within the Business Technologies Division differ from semester to semester, the evaluator encourages the project management team to repeat presentations each semester to as many classes/students as possible.

“The Computer and Information Sciences Department regularly meets with its advisory board, which is composed of representatives from local businesses. These industry leaders provide advice for academic programs and keep them informed of the skills needed for success in the job market.” Given that Cybersecurity was proposed in response to industry input, industry input (outreach) is expected to continue for the duration of Cybersecurity.

Goal 3 - During the Cybersecurity Year 1, the project management team: developed a recruitment brochure and a Cyber Defense and Network Engineering Programs brochure (the latter still in draft form but requiring minimal tweaking), designed the program table drape and stand-up banner, and disseminated project information at the NSF-ATE PI Conference in Washington, DC (October 26-28, 2016). Joining the Cybersecurity management team’s “manning” of a booth at the NSF ATE PI Conference were NeSCC student – Jessica DelGrande and Shirley Velasco (NeSCC Grants and Contracts Officer). As proposed, the Computer and Information Sciences department has completed its development of a website which includes links enabling access to all of the project’s dissemination efforts. The evaluator toured the website independent of the Cybersecurity management team and found it easy to navigate. While meeting with the management team on February 3, 2017, the evaluator was informed that website enhancement will continue into the project’s second year, noting the intention to include additional Cybersecurity projects and links to such information as evaluation reports.

Key outcomes or Other achievements:

By attending the Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) in Pittsburgh, PA July 2016, and the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI­TEC) in Pittsburgh, PA July 2016 the PI was able to communicate with professors in the field and get suggestions from them and to see that they are having some of the same problems as we are with the soft and entrepreneurial skills. The Co­PI attended the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI­TEC) in Pittsburgh, PA July 2016 and she was able to get ideas on the development of the Entrepreneurial course from others.

* What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?

Attend Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) in Pittsburgh, PA July 2016, attended High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) in Pittsburgh, PA July 2016.

Attended the IEEE-WIE Global Women Leadership Summit, in Atlanta, GA, October, 2016.

* How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?

Developed a website: The address is

* What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?

Make more High School visits and to leverage more activities to promote Cyber Defense.

Supporting Files
Filename Description Uploaded By Uploaded On
(Download) Year 1 Attach Part 1.pdf Year 1 Attachments Part 1 Allan Anderson 02/09/2017
(Download) Year 1 Attach Part 2.pdf Year 1 Attachments Part 2 Allan Anderson 02/09/2017
(Download) Year 1 Annual Evaluation Report - Final.pdf Year 1 Annual Report Allan Anderson 02/14/2017



Book Chapters


Journals or Juried Conference Papers


Other Conference Presentations / Papers

Other Products

Other Publications

  • Allan Anderson (2016). Computer & Information Sciences Information Assurance Program.  Brochure for recruitment. Status = PUBLISHED;  Acknowledgement of Federal Support = Yes

  • Allan Anderson (2016). Cyber Defense and Network Engineering Programs.  Booklet describing the cyber defense and networking programs.. Status = UNDER_REVIEW;  Acknowledgement of Federal Support = Yes


Technologies or Techniques



Supporting Files
Filename Description Uploaded By Uploaded On
(Download) Booklet.pdf Booklet Allan Anderson 02/06/2017
(Download) brochure1.pdf Brochure Allan Anderson 02/06/2017


What individuals have worked on the project?

Name Most Senior Project Role Nearest Person Month Worked
Anderson, Allan PD/PI 5
Cole, Carol Co PD/PI 5

Full details of individuals who have worked on the project:

Allan Anderson
Most Senior Project Role: PD/PI
Nearest Person Month Worked: 5

Contribution to the Project: Principle Investigator, coordinator with other staff agencies at the local institution. Lead instructor for the cyber defense program were we are targeting the soft skills,

Funding Support: NSF Grant 1501195

International Collaboration:  No
International Travel:  No

Carol Cole
Most Senior Project Role: Co PD/PI
Nearest Person Month Worked: 5

Contribution to the Project: Co-Principle Investigator, coordinator with other staff agencies at the local institution. Lead instructor for development of Entrepreneurial Skills course.

Funding Support: NSF Grant 1501195

International Collaboration:  No
International Travel:  No

What other organizations have been involved as partners?

Nothing to report.

What other collaborators or contacts have been involved?

Nothing to report


What is the impact on the development of the principal discipline(s) of the project?

The soft skills and entrepreneurial skills is developing students to become better potential candidates for employers in the field of Cyber Defense.

What is the impact on other disciplines?

THe skills learned in the Cyber Defense program can be used in other disciplines.

What is the impact on the development of human resources?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on physical resources that form infrastructure?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on institutional resources that form infrastructure?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on information resources that form infrastructure?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on technology transfer?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on society beyond science and technology?

The student has the soft skills and entrepreneurial skills which will make them better citizens and employees in any field.


Changes in approach and reason for change

Nothing to report.

Actual or Anticipated problems or delays and actions or plans to resolve them

Nothing to report.

Changes that have a significant impact on expenditures

Nothing to report.

Significant changes in use or care of human subjects

Nothing to report.

Significant changes in use or care of vertebrate animals

Nothing to report.

Significant changes in use or care of biohazards

Nothing to report.

Special Requirements

Responses to any special reporting requirements specified in the award terms and conditions, as well as any award specific reporting requirements.

Nothing to report.