Dunan and Tanaka holding award

Honolulu Community College received its re-designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense for Two-Year Education (CAE2Y IA/CD) at the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held in Las Vegas, Nevada this summer. Honolulu CC is now one of only 31 junior and community colleges nationwide to hold this distinction.

The CAE2Y IA/CD program, which is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, recognizes colleges and universities that have met their standard of excellence, in providing quality cybersecurity awareness, training and education to the community.

Honolulu CC’s Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology (CENT) Program Coordinator, Sally Dunan and Technical Coordinator Aaron Tanaka accepted the honor at the national awards ceremony. “Having the CAE2Y designation has opened the door to key industry partnerships that our students and the program will greatly benefit from,” shares Tanaka.

More about the CENT program

In July, Honolulu CC partnered with the NSA, National Science Foundation, Hawaiʻi Department of Education, University of Hawaiʻi Information Technology Services, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training, and the University of Alaska, in hosting the first ever Gencyber camp. The camp was attended by 59 high school students and 28 high school teachers from Hawaiʻi with one high school student attending from Texas.

As part of Honolulu CC’s continued mission to be a premiere technology training center, the CENT program has partnered with the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu to offer a bachelors of applied science degree in information security assurance that was launched in the fall 2013 semester.

—By Billie Lueder