MAY 16, 2007


Rose State College is leader in cyber security

Rose State College has become the only two-year institution in the country to offer all six federal CNSS certificates in Information Assurance and Cyber Security.

According to Ken Dewey, director of the RSC Cyber Security and Networking programs, that means RSC students who graduate from the program will be more prepared, more employable and have the potential to earn a higher salary when entering the workforce.

“For RSC it means our Cyber Security program will now attract even more students,” Dewey said. “You can’t get the same education as we offer anywhere else in the metro area and this year we are excited to offer a Cyber Security Scholarship Program.”

The Scholarship Program is funded through a $499,364 grant from the National Science Foundation and covers tuition, books, fees and cost of living expenses for 30 students. The goal of the Cyber Security program is to develop front-line practitioners or cyber-cops, security professionals, system analysts and entry-level computer professionals who represent the first line of defense against attacks.

“The graduates from this program go on to work at such companies as Dell, L-3 Communications, for the State of Oklahoma and for Tinker Air Force Base. Large well known companies know about the kind of graduates we produce and recruit our graduates right after they complete the program,” Dewey said.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, computer support specialists, including specialists trained cyber security, are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations in the United States beyond 2012. The demand is projected to increase faster than the average for all occupations.

Scholarship applications for the RSC Cyber Security Scholarship Program are now available and are due by June 1. For more information about the program, go to or call Dewey at 733-7977 or 733-7510.

Contact: Natalie Jordan, RSC, (405) 733-7459