A Distinct Accomplishment

The Forsyth Tech cyber security team receiving an award.

Forsyth Tech students and programs have earned many distinctions over the years. But they aren’t all created equal.

Some, like the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education designation, are highly sought after. The CAE designation, awarded jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is the most prestigious recognition for cybersecurity excellence a college can receive. And this year Forsyth Tech was selected as one of 44 two- and four-year colleges to receive the honor. “We are so excited about getting it,” says Dr. Deanne Wesley, department chair, Davis iTEC Center. “It puts us among the top programs in the country.”

The rating is not easy to come by. The rigorous application and review process takes a full year to complete. However, a degree from a qualified college makes job applicants’ resumes more attractive in the eyes of employers. It also means they’ll earn more than their counterparts from non-designated programs.

Moreover, graduates from CAE programs (Cyber Crime Technology and Information Systems Security at Forsyth Tech) are eligible to apply for Department of Defense scholarships to cover the costs of a four-year degree or graduate studies in the cybersecurity field. They can also apply for scholarships from the federal Scholarship for Service program, which offers two-year scholarships for a college degree in cybersecurity in exchange for agreeing to work for the Federal Cyber Service for two years.