Academic Program Spotlight: Cybersecurity

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Kellogg Community College now offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity. This highly desirable program began in the fall of 2020.

What is cybersecurity? Cybersecurity workers help prevent attacks through their expertise and knowledge of databases, networks, hardware, firewalls and encryption. They keep computer systems running smoothly, prevent the theft of financial and personal information and block intruders from accessing and divulging proprietary data.

The KCC Cybersecurity degree offers basic core technology classes in the IT field that are also used in the Computer Networking, Computer Engineering Technology and Computer Programming degrees. Upon completing their associate degree, students can go into a career in information security services or find employment in various areas, including network engineering, computer technicians and IT help desk jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cybersecurity field is projected to grow 33% in the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information about KCC’s Cybersecurity Program, please contact program faculty Ruth Schultz at or John Hoye at