DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Sinclair Community College has been awarded almost one million dollars from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grant money will be used to support the Community College Accelerated CyberCorp Pilot Program, a project that aims to help strengthen cybersecurity education programs and improve security of information technology across the country.

“Sinclair is committed to remaining at the forefront of meeting the changing needs of local, national and international employers,” said Steve Johnson, President at Sinclair Community College. “Our existing Cybersecurity program is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. As we become more dependent on technology, it is also important to be aware of cybersecurity threats and the risks that come along with it. We are thrilled that Sinclair has been awarded this grant as the lead community college. Sinclair will help support NSF’s efforts on developing a qualified workforce that will protect our nation’s networks and information systems. It is also great that Dayton is home to Wright-Patt’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center who is a potential local employer for graduates from this program. ”

Sinclair will partner with Brookdale Community College and Moraine Valley Community College and will implement several successful adult learning practices: cohort learning, experiential learning, competency-based education, and one-on-one holistic student support.