The need for classroom and lab space to meet the region’s increased cyber and technology training demands led the Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees on Dec. 13 to approve a 10-year lease for approximately 30,000 square feet of space at a Hanover office building near Arundel Mills.
The college’s current facility in Hanover, AACC at Arundel Mills, is already maxed out at peak times and has no room for additional classrooms or labs. The new AACC training center at 7556 Teague Road will contain specialized labs and faculty support space for AACC’s CyberCenter, currently based on the Arnold campus, and for contract training, provided by the college Center for Workforce Solutions based at the Glen Burnie Town Center. The college plans to complete space modifications in time to offer fall 2012 classes at the Teague Road site.
Both the public and private sectors are driving the need for the additional instructional space to offer cybersecurity and technology training.
The U.S. Cyber Command located at nearby Fort Meade is expected to employ 20,000 workers. The National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency and 26 new defense contractors located on or near Fort Meade have training needs for current and incoming employees. The U.S. government alone is projected to spend $550 billion on cybersecurity by 2015, which will in turn feed demand for workforce training.
In addition, AACC partnered with the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation and was awarded a federal Department of Labor grant to deliver exclusive sections of cybersecurity credit classes to 1,000 incumbent workers in Anne Arundel County. AACC is also leading a National STEM Consortium of 10 colleges in nine states awarded a $19.7 million U.S. Department of Labor grant this fall to create and provide training in high-demand jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
The college continues to explore permanent space options in the area, including the Odenton Town Center. For information on the training center, call the AACC Public Relations and Marketing team at 410-777-2341.
About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. AACC began celebrating its 50th Anniversary this fall.
Source: Anne Arundel Community College