Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Sign Cybersecurity Articulation Agreement

December 17, 2018

St. Rose and Hudson Valley Community College administrators signing agreement
St. Rose and Hudson Valley Community College administrators
From left: College of Saint Rose Provost Steven Ralston and President Carolyn Stefanco, Hudson Valley Community College President Roger Ramsammy and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs MaryAnn Janosik attended the formal signing of an articulation agreement between the two schools’ Cybersecurity programs.

The College of Saint Rose has signed an articulation agreement with Hudson Valley Community College, allowing students from Hudson Valley to seamlessly enroll in the Cybersecurity bachelor’s program at Saint Rose. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education has forecasted that the number of unfilled jobs in cybersecurity worldwide will grow to approximately 3.5 million by 2021.

“With a similar, holistic approach to educating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, Saint Rose and HVCC were natural partners in this articulation agreement,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. “With decades of experience in the study of technology and an innovate approach to filling the need for professionals in a growing industry, Saint Rose looks forward to building upon the foundation in cybersecurity that Hudson Valley has laid for its students.”

The articulation agreement sets up a clear pathway from Hudson Valley’s two-year degree to a four-year degree at Saint Rose. It ensures that all equivalent courses will be carried over to Saint Rose. The articulation agreement also formally recognizes that Hudson Valley graduates are adequately prepared for the Cybersecurity program at Saint Rose.

“A large part of our mission at Hudson Valley is to create accessible pathways for our students to four-year colleges and universities,” said Hudson Valley President Roger A. Ramsammy. “This new transfer agreement builds upon the already strong relationship we have with The College of Saint Rose and allows a structured path toward a career in a field that has outstanding potential for growth. We are excited to offer another option for our cybersecurity students to continue their education.”

Saint Rose began offering a Cybersecurity bachelor’s degree program in Fall 2018. The Saint Rose program takes a holistic approach to the field. Students receive a solid foundation in computer science while also taking courses in criminal justice, business, mathematics, and psychology. The program encourages students to understand more than just the technology. They learn about law and how businesses are structured, allowing them to view the problems facing cybersecurity professionals in context and arrive at solutions that work.

The program requires two virtual internships, which means students work through hands-on activities with mentors from the cybersecurity industry and receive real-world experience prior to graduation.

Hudson Valley launched its associate degree program in Cybersecurity in Fall 2017. The program has a similar emphasis on both the technical and non-technical aspects of cybersecurity work.

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