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.