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What are the program prerequisites, and requirements for employment?

  • Proof of placement into MATH 094 (Basic Math) or above, or credits earned in higher level math course; and,
  • Proof of placement into ENGL 092 (Critical Analysis) or above, or credits earned in higher level English courses.
  • The Cybersecurity AAS-T degree requires completion of CIS 105 (Computer Operating Systems I) with a C (2.0) grade or better.

While not a requirement for entrance into the CIS Program, students should be aware that many employers in this career field require criminal background checks.

What are Cisco and the CCNA certifications?

Cisco Systems is the world leader in internet working products. The CCNA is the Cisco Certified Networking Associate certificate; it is an indication the individual is qualified for an entry level networking position. The goal is that students who complete a certain series of courses (CIS 226, 227, 228, 229) will be qualified to take and pass both the Network + and the CCNA exams, and thus earn these industry-wide recognized professional certifications.

What is CyberWatch?

WCC is a member of CyberWatch, a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies that is focused on building and maintaining a stronger information security/assurance workforce. In addition, CyberWatch is committed to improving the quality and increasing the awareness of information security/assurance in the education and business communities. CyberWatch is funded by the National Science Foundation.

What is CyberWatch West?

WCC is the lead institution of CyberWatch West, a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies that is focused on building and maintaining a stronger information security/assurance workforce. CyberWatch West is a consortium of 62 institutions (and growing) with a regional, west coast focus. CyberWatch West is funded by the National Science Foundation.

What are the standards to be successful in the CIS and cybersecurity program?

Students of Whatcom's CIS and cybersecurity program must earn a grade of at least 2.0 (C) in each program course to earn the associates degree.

Cybersecurity students wishing to apply to be accepted into Western Washington University's Computer and Information Systems Security bachelor degree program must first earn the AAS-T degree in cybersecurity with at least a 2.5 GPA.

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