Cresson, Pa. — On Monday, Dec. 3, Mount Aloysius launched two new degree programs in Cybersecurity Operations and Digital Forensic Investigations. The College has also opened a fully-renovated, dedicated Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics research lab to give students real-life experience. The launch included formal remarks from alumni, local businesses, and program faculty. Guests also toured the new lab and discussed the new majors with faculty and staff.
Responding to industry needs, Mount Aloysius College has developed the programs to produce graduates who understand theory and have the hands-on experience for real world situations. Building on successful local business partnerships, the Mount is ready to provide trained IT professionals to the broader Pittsburgh region.
A recent Mount Aloysius graduate, who is now employed by the FBI, spoke at the event. “When I went to Quantico (the FBI training center), I recognized the applications I will use in my career are the same as those I had in my classes at Mount Aloysius,” Bryan Jordan, class of 2017, said.
According to a global survey, fully 51% of IT and cyber sector businesses had a shortage of Cybersecurity skills. This is more than double what was reported just four years prior. The new lab on the College’s campus has been dedicated to Cybersecurity Operations and Incident Handling, as well as Digital Forensics Investigations. The reality-based, experiential curriculum incorporates the exact programs and platforms currently used by the government and law enforcement.
Both the bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs combine technical preparation with theory alongside career and business skills such as communication. Mount Aloysius prepares students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Timeless Mercy values infuse ethical behavior for MAC students as they navigate in the ever-changing landscape of cybersecurity.
The new associate’s degree options afford Mounties the opportunity to acquire an entry-level position sooner. They also have the foundational knowledge and specialized experience to quickly grow their careers. Mount Aloysius faculty are professionals from both cyber industries and law enforcement investigations.
To learn more about either the Cybersecurity Operations or Digital Forensic Investigations program, please visit: mtaloy.edu/cyber.
CAPTION: Professor John Valkovci (center) instructs Raymond McCullough of Northern Cambria, PA (left) and Alissa Ingram of Altoona, PA (right) in the new Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Research lab at Mount Aloysius College.