North Carolina Central University School of Business (NCCU) and Halifax County Community College (HCCC) have entered a new partnership with the goal of enhancing the talent pipeline for the state’s cybersecurity industry.

“At North Carolina Central University School of Business, we understand that a robust education program plays a vital role in preparing students for successful careers,” said Anthony C. Nelson, Ph.D., NCCU School of Business dean.

“Our partnership with Halifax County Community College is a reflection of our commitment to providing high-quality educational opportunities to all students, regardless of their background,” he said. “ Through this collaboration, we hope to provide transfer students with the support they need to make a seamless transition into our Cybersecurity Program and achieve their educational and career goals.”

The partnership is the result of an initiative from Deanne Cranford-Wesley, Ph.D., director of the cybersecurity lab and clinical professor in the computer information systems department at the NCCU School of Business; Tysha Hansley, NCCU coordinator of upper division advising; and Emmanuel Obi, HCCC department head of informational technology.

“We are excited about this new collaboration with Halifax Community College. We hope that this agreement is beneficial to the students transferring to NCCU,” said Cranford-Wesley. “This partnership is a great opportunity for students who would like to continue their educational journey in the cybersecurity field of study, and to provide companies with an expert range of diverse talent.”

Since this April, students from HCCC can transfer up to 68 credits into NCCU’s Information Technology – Cybersecurity Concentration Program. The credits will fully apply towards completion of the curriculum’s Bachelor of Science degree.

“The bilateral transfer agreement between North Carolina Central University and Halifax Community College shows a clear pathway for cybersecurity students,” said Obi. “Students will be able to make better course choices and save time and money as they work towards their baccalaureate degree.”

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