On March 30, 2018, Miami Dade College, a Hispanic Serving Institution in Florida, was awarded a $224,000 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) award from National Science Foundation. Diego Tibaquira (Principal Investigator) and Antonio Delgado (Co-Principal Investigator) lead the program called Cybersecurity Opportunities and Methods that Promote Access and Student Success (COMPASS). COMPASS seeks to increase the diversity of students entering the cybersecurity workforce. The program aims to (1) improve the understanding and evidence base regarding learning approaches and their impact on retention and completion of underrepresented students; (2) improve industry engagement through involvement with curriculum development; (3) increase the knowledge base on the effects of competency-based summer camps that result in industry-certification and continuation into a cybersecurity-related degree program of study; (4) increase recruitment, retention, and completion of underrepresented students in cybersecurity programs; (5) increase the number of students who complete a College Credit Certificate and/or an AS in cybersecurity who are employed in industry; and (6) create dual enrollment pathways that retain cybersecurity majors from high school to two-year colleges. Pedagogical best-practices for underserved populations will be shared across the Miami Dade College system; with the surrounding school systems; via the National CyberWatch Center; and with other institutions across the nation, including existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Minority-Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities See also DUE 1800958.
The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process, under National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1450661.