UMUC Partners with Capitol College to Expand Information Assurance Education

Partnership is a direct response to Recommendation 5 of Governor O’Malley’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Taskforce to increase the number of graduates in each field


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   January 13, 2010

ADELPHI, MD (Jan. 13, 2010)— University of Maryland University College (UMUC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Capitol College to expand educational opportunities for Maryland students pursuing careers in cybersecurity. This partnership comes in direct response to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s STEM Taskforce, which was established to increase the number of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Both UMUC and Capitol College are designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA) as National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Under the MOU, Capitol College students who complete a post-baccalaureate certificate in network protection or security management will be able to transfer those credits into UMUC’s Master of Science program in cybersecurity. Additionally, UMUC will take advantage of Capitol College’s preparatory course for the CISSP certification examination by pointing its students to the course as a resource to advance their career. The CISSP is a respected, industry-wide certification in information assurance. UMUC and Capitol College will also plan joint conferences, seminars and colloquia for faculty and working professionals in the information assurance and cybersecurity arenas.

“UMUC is pleased to collaborate with Capitol College to provide students in Maryland with more educational opportunities in the cybersecurity and information assurance fields, while also helping to meet the workforce needs of our state,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “Through this partnership, our institutions are dedicated to creating more opportunities for students to advance their credentials and training.”

“We are committed to providing education that is technology-driven, accessible and affordable, especially for our graduate students who are seeking to advance in their careers,” said Capitol College President Michael T. Wood. “Our new partnership with UMUC demonstrates this commitment, and we are excited to embark on this unique partnership with UMUC as it should be a landmark agreement of cooperation between private and public institutions in Maryland.”

The MOU between Capitol College and UMUC was signed by both university presidents at a ceremony with other institutional representatives and selected faculty at UMUC's Inn and Conference Center on December 14, 2009.