Armstrong State University President Linda M. Bleicken, left, and Commander U.S. Army Cyber Center Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, right, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 2 to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation research and outreach.
(June 7, 2016) – Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., on June 2 to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation research and outreach. The memorandum establishes a framework for fostering a strategic relationship between the U.S. Army Cyber Center and Armstrong, with Armstrong providing educational support for the center’s mission of building the nation’s cyberspace forces.
“Armstrong’s Cyber Education Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to cyber education through computer science-related courses, as well as Criminal Justice in Digital Forensics, Political Science in Cyber Policy, Cyber Law and the introduction of industry certifications to meet the requirements of the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework,” noted Scott C. Scheidt, director of Armstrong’s Center for Applied Cyber Education. “This will facilitate an increase in the number of online courses available to help soldiers and civilians obtain high- quality cyber training. The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, in turn, will provide instructors for seminars and courses, facilitate internships for Armstrong students and assist with the development of cyber curriculum.”
Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken and U.S. Army Cyber Center Commanding General Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty signed the memorandum of understanding. Armstrong Provost Robert Smith also attended the signing ceremony, as did representatives from the offices of Senator Johnny Isakson and Congressmen Buddy Carter and Rick Allen.
“This partnership with the U.S. Army Cyber Center for Excellence is a win-win for the center and for the university,” noted Bleicken. "Armstrong has a legacy of supporting military-affiliated students and providing cutting-edge programs that prepare students for careers in cybersecurity and cyber defense."
In 2015, the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognized Armstrong as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Armstrong offers nine cyber-related degrees or certificate programs through blended campus and online learning.
“The cooperation between Armstrong State University and the U.S. Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon not only benefits our military and Armstrong directly, but the United States as a whole,” said U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga). “Cyber defense is crucial in the modern world, and Georgia is turning out leaders who will protect our national security. This is exactly the type of collaborative venture we should encourage.”
Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) agreed, adding: “Cyber is the future of modern warfare and, thankfully, here in Georgia, we have Fort Gordon, the future home of Army Cyber Command. The partnership between Fort Gordon and our state’s universities is paramount to building a 21st-century military and ensuring our nation is secured from all angles. The cyber education program at Armstrong State University, in collaboration with Fort Gordon, is a huge advantage because it allows us to train our future workforce right here at home. I am proud to see our state and community lead the way in cyber training and education."
In addition to Armstrong’s main campus in Savannah, degree opportunities are also offered at the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville. The state-of-the-art facility extends opportunities for the military community and other citizens in Hinesville to pursue higher education and earn college degrees in key fields in Liberty County.
Earlier this year, Armstrong was ranked 7th among four-year schools on the prestigious Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list and named a Top 100 Military Spouse Friendly School by Military Spouse magazine. The university is also part of a network that guarantees transferability of credits for military students, provides in-state tuition for members of the military and their families and offers college credit for military experience.