Arapahoe Community College and Colorado State University-Pueblo have entered into a dual enrollment memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a Cybersecurity and Software Development transfer articulation agreement.
ACC’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Cybersecurity program – offered exclusively at the Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock – aligns with business needs and national security standards. The innovative approach focuses on integrating experiential and project-based learning to provide students with real-world experiences.
The articulation agreement will allow ACC students to get a jump start on their bachelor’s degree by taking select advanced (junior and senior level) cybersecurity courses during their freshman and sophomore years as part of their chosen AAS degree program.
Advanced CSU-Pueblo credits will then be transferred back to ACC in an innovative reverse transfer articulation process, allowing students to complete an AAS in Cybersecurity and enter CSU-Pueblo as a junior. Transfer students will then immediately start working toward CSU-Pueblo’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a Cybersecurity certificate with an option to also concurrently earn a Master’s of Business Administration.
“ACC is pleased to enter into this articulation agreement with CSU-Pueblo,” said ACC President Dr. Diana M. Doyle. “There is an unmet demand for cybersecurity technicians in our local and regional communities. This MOU provides a streamlined pathway for students to complete their two-year and four-year degrees to prepare for fulfilling careers in cybersecurity and information security.”
The entirety of ACC’s workforce-ready AAS degree, as well as the CSU-Pueblo bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems (Cybersecurity concentration), can be completed at the Sturm Collaboration Campus. Even more, students are eligible to begin CSU-Pueblo courses as early as their second semester.
“CSU-Pueblo is proud to partner with ACC to provide a relevant, quality program in a way that is accessible, affordable, and achievable for all students,” said CSU-Pueblo President, Dr. Timothy Mottet. “Offering a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at the Sturm Collaboration Campus increases opportunities for all students across the Front Range and beyond, as well as prepares them to be able to navigate work in a rapidly changing world.”
For more information about this Cybersecurity and Software Development transfer articulation agreement, please contact ACC Associate Vice President and Dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Partnerships Dr. Eric Dunker at eric [dot] dunker [at] arapahoe [dot] edu.
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