Northrop Grumman provides valuable experience to RRCC Cybersecurity Students

More information: Joe Murdock, 303-914-6249
joseph.murdock@rrcc.edu

May 16, 2017

 

Northrop Grumman provides valuable experience to RRCC Cybersecurity Students

Lakewood, CO Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) students who are studying Cybersecurity recently interviewed with representatives from Denver area Northrop Grumman for cybersecurity internships and the opportunity to work with a leading global security company. The students – second year students from RRCC’s cyber program, and juniors and seniors from Warren Tech High School – spent time highlighting their accomplishments and future plans in cybersecurity careers. The high school students from Warren Tech were able to talk about their experiences in the 2017 Cyber Patriot competitions, which put students through complex cyber related tasks during four-hour sessions.

In total, 12 RRCC students and eight Warren Tech “Cyber Patriots” were selected to interview with Northrop Grumman. “We were very impressed with the students,” representatives from Northrop Grumman said, “Nine out of the 12 impressed us enough to prepare job offers. This is great news for both the cyber students as well as the cyber program at RRCC.”

“Being able to take what they learn in the program and turn it into real-life job opportunities is fantastic!” said Joe Murdock, who runs the cyber program at RRCC. “It’s great to see that our program is working. It’s helping to fill the talent shortage in cybersecurity.”

The Denver area representatives learned of the RRCC cyber program via the Northrop Grumman company newsletter. The newsletter mentioned that the cyber program had been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (2-year) in Cyber Defense. This designation comes from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It certifies that the RRCC cyber program has been vetted and approved by the NSA and DHS.  Red Rocks Community College is the only 2-year school with this designation in Colorado.

There is a huge, unfilled need for cybersecurity professionals – and it’s a global issue. Both Red Rocks Community College and Northrop Grumman are hoping this internship pilot becomes an annual event, which will help fill some of those shortages.

For more information on the Cyber Security program at Red Rocks Community College, visit www.rrcc.edu/cyber or email Joe Murdock at joseph.murdock@rrcc.edu. For more information on Northrop Grumman visit: http://www.northropgrumman.com

Tuesday, May 16, 2017