About C5

Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges (C5) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation. It supports the creation of a nationwide network of community colleges that have met national standards in cybersecurity education, producing more and better-prepared graduates for the workforce, and ultimately leading to a more secure nation.

C5 seeks to strengthen and expand the number of community colleges across the nation that have earned the NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) designation for cybersecurity education. The project supports the CAE Application Assistance Program by matching approved mentee institutions with qualified mentors who assist them with the application process.

C5 also brings together computer science and cybersecurity educators to develop new course content that integrates the two disciplines. The resulting modules can be seamlessly incorporated into existing computing or cybersecurity courses, or bundled to create an introductory cybersecurity-infused computer science course.

The project is administered by Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. Members of the C5 Leadership Team have extensive experience and expertise and are recognized for their commitment to excellence in cybersecurity and computing education, and for their approach to producing results and successfully managing National Science Foundation projects.

 

Dr. Vera Zdravkovich — Principal Investigator (PI)

Academic Vice President Emeritus at Prince George's Community College and Senior Advisor for the National CyberWatch Center, Dr. Zdravkovich is a pioneer in CAE2Y and cybersecurity education development projects at community colleges.
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Corrinne Sande — Co-PI: C5 Mentee Program

Director of Computer Science and Information Systems at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA, Ms. Sande has a successful track record managing CyberWatch West, a regional Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center in cybersecurity.
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Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne — Co-PI: Cybersecurity Instructional Materials

The chair of the ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC), Dr. Hawthorne is Senior Professor of Computer Science at Union County College in Cranford, NJ.
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Dr. Melissa Dark — Co-PI: Cybersecurity Instructional Materials

Dr. Dark, W.C. Furnas Professor of Technology and Professor in Computer Technology at Purdue University, is Associate Director for Educational Programs at the Center for Faculty Development in Information Assurance Education, CERIAS (Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security).
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