Cyber Innovation Center receives Homeland Security grant


The Cyber Innovation Center and its academic outreach division, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center, have been awarded a second five-year grant from U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

The grant continues NICERC’s development and distribution of a scalable educational materials for teaching the next-generation, cyber-literate workforce.  

This opportunity provides $4.3 million in funding for the first year, with a total expected value of $21.5 million over the next five years.  This multi-million-dollar, multi-year opportunity designates NICERC as the lead technical institution for DHS’s Cybersecurity Educational efforts.

 With the resources provided by DHS, NICERC will build upon its foundation and expand its cyber, STEM and computer science programs to more than 60,000 teachers and seven million students.

“NICERC is poised to introduce millions of more students across the country to the opportunities in cyber-based degrees and careers,” said Kevin Nolten, the CIC’s Director of Academic Outreach.

 Nolten adds, “The demand for a cyber-literate workforce is monumental both in northern Louisiana and across the country; NICERC has the sustainable and systemic solution that starts in K-12 education.”

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