The C5 Mentee Program

In partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA), the C5 Mentee Program helps U.S.-based colleges and universities prepare high-quality applications for the designation of NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for cyber defense education. 

Mentees work with a qualified mentor who assists them in improving and completing their CAE application. Funding is available to support these efforts, with the NSA Application Assistance Program supporting mentors and C5 supporting mentee institutions.


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The project lead for the C5 Mentee Program is C5 Co-PI Corrinne Sande, who is also the director of CyberWatch West and the chair of the Technology Department at Whatcom Community College.