Jackson State Included in $2.7 Million NSF Advanced Technological Education Grant

Jackson, Tenn. – Jackson State Community College will receive part of a $2.7 million Advanced Technological Education grant from the National Science Foundation to further advance cyber security and digital forensics education across the state through training workshops. As the lead institution for the Tennessee Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), which includes 9 of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges, Jackson State will receive over $94,000 a year for three years.

The money will be used to continue the newly created Summer Institute for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at Jackson State providing hands-on training that focuses on securing network infrastructure from hackers and cyber terrorists. Grant funds also will be used to develop advanced courses in these subject areas to teach students to utilize the latest software programs to gather digital evidence and to focus on protecting access to automation and control systems that might be considered terrorist targets such as gas, electricity or water utility infrastructures.