Middlesex Community College has been awarded a $117,086 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant to expand its training capacity for the rapidly growing IT Cybersecurity program.

The grant is part of $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants awarded as part of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, a new initiative of Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce, and economic development strategies across the state.

“Workforce skills education and training plays an enormous role in economic and personal development by helping residents acquire the skills they need to connect with promising careers,” said Governor Baker. “These vocational-technical education equipment grants will help build stronger communities and a more competitive business environment that ensures more residents have the skills they need to succeed in and support the Commonwealth’s economic future.”

“We are grateful for this funding that will allow us to establish a state-of-the-art lab environment for our IT Cybersecurity program in Lowell,” said Kathleen Sweeney, Dean of STEM. “As one of the first community colleges in the state to offer a comprehensive program in cybersecurity, having access to this type of dedicated lab space will ensure our graduates are prepared to better meet the needs of employers in this high-demand industry.”

MCC’s IT Cybersecurity Transfer Degree Program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program or for employment in a variety of entry-level information-security analyst positions. Problem-solving and analytical thinking are emphasized throughout the program, with a hands-on approach to learning. The IT program conforms to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework for academic programs, developed jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

For more information about MCC’s IT Cybersecurty Transfer program, contact Don Brady, Assistant Dean of Health & STEM, at bradyd@middlesex.mass.edu.

For more information about the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, visit: http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/funding/massachusetts-skills-capital-grant-program.html