Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Dec. 15 Anne Arundel Community College received one of 12 BRAC Higher Education grants in the amount of $80,234.
The grant, made available through legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly (the Higher Education Investment Fund) in 2008, will help AACC develop critical programming addressing BRAC workforce development needs in computer forensics. Computer forensics is a component of cybersecurity that encompasses the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques to obtain legal evidence found in computers and digital storage mediums.
“We are thrilled to receive the BRAC Higher Education Grant,” said Anne Arundel Community College president Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. “These funds will help Anne Arundel Community College provide more students in the areas of cybersecurity and cyberforensics with the scientific knowledge, skills and training that they will need in the workplace. AACC’s commitment to meeting BRAC workforce needs remains a high priority.”
“I applaud Anne Arundel Community College and the ten other institutes of higher education on their successful grant application. It is only through our partnerships that Maryland will reap every benefit of BRAC,” Lt. Gov. Brown said. “Governor O’Malley and I have set clear priorities that put an emphasis on job creation and we wholly understand that our strong network of public, independent and community colleges play an important role in reaching our ambitious goals.”
The cybersecurity, national security and law enforcement communities face constant challenges to stay abreast of the latest technologies. Both public and private employers have expressed to AACC the urgent need for this training for computer technicians and others in administrative support positions. During the grant year, a minimum of seven faculty members and 75 students will be trained. AACC will sustain this training by incorporating it into its expanding cybersecurity offerings.
The 2005 decisions by the Commission on Base Realignment and Closure will create as many as 60,000 new jobs across Maryland, including jobs in communications, intelligence and other high-skilled fields. To fully grasp the potential of this expanding economy, Governor O’Malley and the General Assembly created the BRAC Subcabinet, which Lt. Governor Brown chairs. In 2008, the General Assembly passed an administration bill that funds the BRAC Higher Education Grant program. This is the second year grants have been awarded to colleges and universities across the state.
Every Maryland institute of higher learning is eligible to apply for the BRAC Higher Education Fund grants, including two- and four-year public or independent colleges or universities, Maryland research institutions, Maryland Regional Higher Education centers, and Maryland private career schools.