Awards & Recognition

SPSCC Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

By Alexis Calma

September 26, 2023

On Sept. 11, 2023, South Puget Sound Community College’s (SPSCC) Cybersecurity and Network Administration Degree was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA).

With this designation, the NSA has publicly recognized SPSCC’s commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, and leadership in professional development.

“Achieving the CAE-CD designation provides us access to teaching resources, student competitions, faculty professional development opportunities, grant and transfer articulation options, and feedback from colleagues across the country,” said Jason Selwitz, SPSCC’s Dean of Applied Technology. “We look forward to applying these new experiences and shared knowledge to continuously improve our program and provide opportunities to students.”

The college’s Cybersecurity and Network Administration program will provide students access to a broad spectrum of high-demand, high-wage career opportunities at both the regional and national level. The designation will continue through the 2028 academic year.

The NSA CAE-CD designation can be awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the associate, bachelor’s, and graduate levels.

Cybersecurity and Network Administration professors Joy Platter, Andy Leiren, and Bud Skinner standing in front of a wall of computers and servers
Professors Joy Platter, Andy Leiren, Bud Skinner, and many other Cybersecurity and Network Administration staff and faculty helped with the designation process and look forward to continuously improving SPSCC's program.