The proposed Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students to work in Cyber Security and Network Systems related positions in the field of Information Technology. Graduates from the program can assess and applying security measures to protect computers and network systems. In addition, they can monitor and maintain security devices and systems.
The curriculum has been developed in accordance to the standards and requirements by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for course content, contact hours, and expected student-learning outcomes. The proposed curriculum integrates hands-on labs and skill assessments using specialized software, virtual simulations and network devises. In addition, graduates from this new program will earn nationally recognized industry credentials (i.e., CompTIA and Certified Ethical Hacker). These credentials are embedded within the various courses that constitute the program of study. The new program will be located at the ITEC Center and would require hiring one new full-time faculty.
Graduates from this program may secure jobs such as Information Security Analysts, Computer Systems Analysts, Security Management Specialist.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, at the national level, the projected employment in Information Security shows a 28% increase with 10,400 average annual openings for the period of 2016-2026. In Texas, employment projections for the same period indicate an increase of 33.4% in Information Security, with 820 projected annual job openings. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and Texas Labor Market Information). In Brownsville-Harlingen Area, the Annual Median wages for a computer Systems Analysts is $ 96,250.
Mr. Jaime Rodriguez