October 09, 2018

Castro Announces $68,000+ for Cybersecurity Education in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today announced that San Antonio College will receive $68,996 in funding from the United States Department of Education for their Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges Program:

“Cyber City USA, San Antonio is a national leader in cybersecurity and institutions like San Antonio College (SAC) help further our contributions to national security. I am pleased to announce this $68,000+ federal grant for SAC under the Department of Education’s pilot program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges Program that will help improve the school’s cybersecurity course offerings and establish a lab for teaching students real-world application of programming, networking and cybersecurity through simulated scenarios,” said Rep. Castro. “Running for two years, this award builds on SAC’s successes as they’ve also been one of three grantees under the National Science Foundation’s pilot Cyber Service Scholarship program that will help them enable veterans to complete cybersecurity training and enter jobs in all levels of government. It’s clear SAC is a leader in developing our next generation of cybersecurity analysts and practitioners, and I know this grant will help continue their work in reaffirming San Antonio’s contribution to making our nation safer in cyberspace.”

Background: This grant will run from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2020, and will support San Antonio College (SAC)’s efforts to improve their cybersecurity education offerings. Specifically, SAC intends to use this award to establish a dedicated laboratory to enable their Computer Information Systems faculty to teach students through simulated scenarios based on real-world, workplace-based applications of programming, networking and cybersecurity.

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