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Gardner-Webb, CCC to Help Students Pursuing Cybersecurity Careers

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Agreement Simplifies Transfer Process to GWU’s Online Degree Completion Program

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Officials at Cleveland Community College (CCC) and Gardner-Webb University recently signed an agreement to establish a transfer process between the schools’ cybersecurity programs. CCC students who earn an Associate in Applied Science in information technology–cybersecurity will have direct entry into Gardner-Webb’s online undergraduate degree completion program to pursue a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.

Dr. William Downs
Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs

“Any time we do something with our partners at Cleveland Community College to enhance students’ progress toward their academic and career goals, it’s a win,” affirmed Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs. “All the evidence points toward the increasing value of a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, and this new direct entry bridge from CCC to GWU will expand opportunities for students and job-seekers in our region.”

The cybersecurity program at CCC is part of the Carolina Cyber Network. Courses train students to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development and other emerging technologies.

Dr. Jason Hurst
CCC President Dr. Jason Hurst

“The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow,” said Dr. Jason Hurst, president of CCC. “Our cybersecurity program prepares graduates for successful careers. For those who want to continue and earn a bachelor’s degree, this transfer agreement with Gardner-Webb University is a great opportunity.”

The undergraduate cybersecurity program at Gardner-Webb builds on the skills students learn at CCC. They become expert in the techniques, tools, principles, and best practice investigations involved in security systems, networks, and data assets from various cyber threats. The GWU program includes courses and activities that cover a broad range of topics related to cybersecurity and prepare students for industry-recognized certifications.

Graduates may choose careers as risk analysts, information security analysts, digital forensic analysts, cybersecurity managers or similar positions in a variety of employment sectors.

Students interested in attending Gardner-Webb must meet admissions requirements. Contact the GWU Enrollment Development Officers at (704) 406-4484 or email [email protected] to discuss next steps.

For more information about CCC’s program, contact Susan Randall, information technology instructor and department chair of Information Technology and Broadcasting, at 704-669-4256 or email [email protected].

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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