A recent report by Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has named Ivy Tech Community College’s cyber security program in its list of Top 60 Cyber Security Degree programs for 2020. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 105 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.
Ivy Tech ranked 37 and was the only associate degree granting school in Indiana to make the list. The top five on the list were: Bellevue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Webster University, Southern New Hampshire University and Friends University. Other notable schools include: Capitol Technology University, Oklahoma State University, George Washington University and John Hopkins University.
At Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus and Warsaw Site, 41 students earned certifications in cyber security since its inception in 2014. In the 2018–19 academic year, 145 students were enrolled in the program. Ivy Tech is a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security (NSA CAE-2Y).
“Cyber Security is really growing right now because people are starting to recognize that everyone needs it, even small businesses,” says Lucy La Hurreau, Assistant Professor for Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Cyber Security and Information Assurance Program. “Our classes are exceptional because they’re small enough to give personalized attention but can lead to great jobs or a four year degree. This is the best time to start in the Cyber Security Program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne.”
“I started at Ivy Tech so that I could go from a career in a warehouse—where I currently am—to a career in cyber security, which has unlimited potential,” says current Cyber Security student Rafe Scott (Huntington County native and Huntington North alumnus). “The best part about the Cyber Security Program at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne is the hands-on learning and the individual attention from instructors. When I found out the company I worked for was shutting down, my instructor sat down with me and, together, we figured out the best plan for my future.”
Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers the following credentials:
- Digital Forensics certificate
- Network Penetration certificate
- Network Security certificate
- Technical Certificate
- Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Science (transfer focus)
For more information about Ivy Tech’s cyber security program, visit IvyTech.edu/cyber-security.