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Drake State Receives Cyber Security Grant


(HUNTSVILLE, AL) – Drake State has been awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security under the “DHS Scientific Leadership Awards for Minority Serving Institutions Granting Two Year Associate Degrees”.  The funding is for up to three years with $225,460 awarded for the first year. The college’s proposal was entitled Creating a Globally Competitive Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Workforce for Homeland Security.

According to Dr. John Reutter, Drake State director of planning and program development, “these funds, which could expand to $755,000 over the three years, will be used to establish a Cyber Security Research Center at Drake State to develop curriculum, provide faculty training, and engage students in learning about the new ‘cloud computing’ technologies sweeping the IT world.”

The Drake State Cyber Security Center will sponsor research opportunities for faculty and students at some of the nation’s premier research facilities including:  Oakridge National Laboratories, Purdue University and Rutgers University.

“This award by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security acknowledges the growing national recognition of Drake State’s leadership in technology education, exemplified by the College’s highly successful electronics technology and information and communication technology programs that have recently won awards at National Science Foundation research conferences,” said Drake State president, Dr. Helen T. McAlpine.


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