Southern University Establishes Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity Near Washington, D.C.

Historically Black Southern University in Louisiana has partnered with X Corp Solutions, one of the largest centers for cybersecurity near Washington D.C., and adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, to launch a new Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity. The initiative aims to train and certify professionals in cybersecurity.

“This is a game-changer for Southern and an example of how we respond to the demands of our society,” said Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System and chancellor of Southern University Baton Rouge. “For nearly 140 years, we have heeded the call for career readiness and success, influencing this nation’s economic development and the lives of millions. We continue that today by adding cybersecurity to our portfolio of academic offerings.”

The new center will house state-of-the-art classrooms and conference rooms where Southern will hire faculty and select students for cybersecurity research projects and collaborate on contract proposals with X Corp and other members of the American Cyber League. It will provide numerous certifications for individuals looking to expand their cybersecurity skill set. Additionally, employers will be able to send their staff to the center to obtain necessary credentials.

“This Center creates a fertile ground for our students and faculty in terms of internships, research opportunities, and entrepreneurship,” said James Ammons, the university’s chief academic officer. “We will offer classes in our curriculum, and students and will be able to walk across the stage at commencement with a degree and a number of certifications. This definitely gives them a competitive edge in this global marketplace.”

The Center of Excellence is on track to open and begin offering courses by August 2019.

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