C5 Celebrates CAE Success in Huntsville


C5 had reason to celebrate this June, as representatives of fourteen mentee schools traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, to be designated or re-designated as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs) in Cybersecurity Education, as part of the National Cyber Summit. 

C5's leadership hosted a reception on June 6 to honor successful participants in the C5 Mentor Program — colleges and universities being awarded the CAE designation, as well as the C5 mentors who supported them through the application process.

At the reception, CAE designees were presented with a commemorative challenge coin; mentors received a "CAE Mentor" lapel pin. 

The official National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Designation Ceremony took place on June 7 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Ten two-year colleges that participated in the C5 Mentor Program received the CAE2Y designation, and four four-year universities received the CAE-CDE designation.

For a complete list of institutions that have received CAE designations through the C5 Mentor Program in Year 2 of the C5 grant, see our Mentoring Success page. 


C5 Content Developers and Pilot-testers Gather at CISSE


From left to right: Yesem Peker, Meha Trevedi, Matt Bishop, Melissa Dark, and Christian Servin— part of the content development and pilot testing team for C5—after delivering a dissemination workshop on the Secure Scripting and Applied Cryptography modules at CISSE 2017.

C5 Co-PI Melissa Dark led a workshop at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) in Las Vegas, NV, on June 12, 2017.

This C5 workshop focused on explaining the cybersecurity curriculum modules in Secure Scripting and Applied Cryptography. The team addressed the topics and learning objectives, described the instructional materials, and shared examples and best practices for integrating these materials into existing curricula.




What is C5?

In August 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a major grant to Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., to drive a substantial nationwide expansion of cybersecurity programs in other colleges and universities.


Primary Goals

  • Strengthen and expand the number of community colleges across the United States that meet national standards in cybersecurity education (CAE2Y)
  • Develop content modules to enhance computer science and cybersecurity courses


The ultimate goal of this project is a growing and better educated cybersecurity workforce fulfilling a critical shortage across the nation. Graduates from programs will be prepared for jobs that earn good living wages and will be prepared to support cyber and information security efforts in government, business, and non-profit organizations, thus contributing to our nation’s financial, defense, and critical infrastructure security.