This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: September 23, 2016
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Northern Virginia Community College Receives Designation as a Cybersecurity Resource Center by the NSA

~NOVA is one of only six Regional Resource Centers in the Nation~


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), a statewide leader in cybersecurity education, has been named a Regional Resource Center by the National Security Agency (NSA). NOVA will now serve as a central hub for institutions seeking to be designated as Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. NOVA will also work with the NSA to help train and manage faculty peer reviewers who assist in the designation process.

The Center for Academic Excellence designation recognizes schools that offer cutting-edge, innovative programs and excel in preparing students to become leaders in cybersecurity.

“In today’s job market, it is imperative that we develop skillsets that enable our workforce to excel in a dynamic cyber field,” Governor McAuliffe said. “This designation is an excellent recognition of the innovative cybersecurity programs at NOVA and a signal to the world that Virginia is leading the way in preparing our students for successful careers in this critical sector.”

NOVA was first designated by the NSA in 2011 and was later named a Center of Academic Excellence among two-year colleges in 2013. NOVA will now be providing professional and program development support to other institutions in the Central Eastern Region seeking to be designated as Centers for Academic Excellence. These states include Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, Maryland, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.

“Virginia is becoming a national leader in cybersecurity and much of that is attributed to the great work of our institutions of higher learning,” stated Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “By being only one of six colleges nationwide designated as a Regional Resource Center, NOVA is helping the Commonwealth build and sustain a 21st century workforce.”

“NOVA's selection as a regional resource center is a tremendous testament to the college's accomplishments in cybersecurity,” added Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “Virginia is proud to be adding this center to our growing list of cyber assets.”

“With one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing community college cybersecurity programs, NOVA is proud of the work we are doing to support our region’s huge demand for cybersecurity talent,” said Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls. “Through this designation by the National Security Agency, we are further pleased that we will be able to facilitate other colleges in meeting the growing demand for cybersecurity specialists in their regions.”