Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco with Hudson Valley Community College President HVCC President Roger A. Ramsammy at the signing for an articulation agreement for cybersecurity between the two institutions.

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco with Hudson Valley Community College President Roger A. Ramsammy at the signing for an articulation agreement for cybersecurity between the two institutions.

The College of Saint Rose has signed an articulation agreement with Hudson Valley Community College, allowing students from HVCC to seamlessly enroll in the cybersecurity program at Saint Rose. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education has forecast 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 HVCC has laid for its students.”

The articulation agreement sets up a clear pathway from the two-year degree at HVCC to a four-year degree at Saint Rose. It ensures that all equivalent courses will be carried over from HVCC to Saint Rose and satisfy the respective requirements. The articulation agreement also formally recognizes that HVCC 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 HVCC 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.

HVCC launched its associate degree program in cybersecurity in Fall 2017. The program has a similar emphasis on both the technical and nontechnical aspects of cybersecurity work.