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Posted by raherschbach on 1 Jul 2016

By Sarah Alspaw, Associate Director of Career Services

Today, we are announcing a major change to the required Career Events for the 2016-2017 Academic School Year. Listen up, because BOTH of these events are required for students who want to qualify for the Capitol Technology University Job Guarantee

*drumroll* Now presenting the CAREER CONFERENCE!!!!

The Career Conference will take the best parts of Career Day and Career Fair and allow students to learn new concepts and apply what they learned on the same day.

Mark your calendars because the Fall Career Conference will take place on September 27th, from 9:30am-4pm, with the workshops running from 10am-noon, lunch is provided, and the Job Fair will run from 1pm-4pm.  We will flip that schedule for the Spring Career Conference on February 17th, with the Job Fair from 10am-1pm, free lunch from 1-2pm, and workshops for the rest of the afternoon.

These events are REQUIRED and Business Professional Attire is a must.

Questions can be sent to careers@captechu.edu.

If you are an employer hoping to host a table at the Job Fair, information about registration and pricing can be found on the following website: http://tinyurl.com/CapitolJobFairs

I look forward to seeing all of the students on September 27th and February 17th.

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Posted by raherschbach on 10 Jun 2016

When it comes to cybersecurity programs, bigger is not necessarily better.

Capitol Technology University may be a small school, but its laser focus on engineering and technology fields enables it to provide aspiring cyber warriors with unparalleled opportunities to launch their careers, says Dr. Bill Butler, chair of the school’s cybersecurity program, which stresses a hands-on approach to the subject starting from day one.

“Unlike many other colleges and universities, we don’t make our students wait until their junior year before they can start taking cybersecurity classes,” he says. “Attend Capitol, and you’ll start building up your expertise in the field right away.”

Butler, a seasoned professional and educator who has served as deputy chief technology officer for USCENTCOM and as chief information security officer (CISO) for the US Marine Corps, is steering Capitol’s program through a time of rapid transitions in the cybersecurity field, including increased focus on mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).

He says applied learning is particularly important in cybersecurity because of the quick pace of change. Students who do not get enough hands-on practice and exposure to real-time industry trends are likely to find themselves behind the curve when they enter the job market.

That’s why Capitol hires working professionals to teach in the cybersecurity program, he says, and also why it places importance on facilities such as the Cyber Lab – a unique facility, launched  in 2009 with the help of a BRAC grant, that enables students to test their skills in real-time scenarios and serves as the hub for Capitol’s cyber competition teams.

“That’s a huge differentiator for us when the students visit our campus,” Butler notes.

Also setting Capitol apart is its status as an NSA and DHS-designated Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), its location in close proximity to the NSA headquarters at Ft. Meade, and its credibility among employers in both the public and private sectors.

“The CAE gives us access to grants and scholarships and opportunities that other schools will not,” Butler said. “Only 4% of all the colleges and universities in the country have this designation, so it’s a small, select group. Only students at CAE-designated schools can apply for the Scholarship for Service, also known as CyberCorps, as well as the SMART scholarship for cyber and the Information Assurance Scholarship Program.”

“These are programs that carry stipends with tuition-free education and a three-year commitment to work for the government. The student receives a stipend, spends virtually nothing to attend school, is guaranteed federal government internships over the summer, and is guaranteed federal employment after receiving the degree. That kind of opportunity is hard to beat – and it’s only available to schools with the CAE designation, like Capitol,” Butler said.

In addition to the scholarship opportunities, Capitol students benefit from the designation because it gives them an edge at hiring time. Employers know that a CAE school teaches to the standards set by the NSA and that its students graduate with a strong skill set.

It’s no wonder, then, that Capitol graduates go to work for firms such as General Dynamics and Leidos, as well as for the DoD and other agencies.

“Our track record and access to industry sets us apart even from larger competitors here in Maryland,” he said. “We don’t try to do everything here. Instead, we focus on selected fields, such as cybersecurity, and deliver the best education available.”

“Whether you want to work for a contractor, the federal  government or the private sector, Capitol can help you get there,” Butler said.

For more information about the Career Changers program, contact the graduate admissions office at gradadmit@captechu.edu.

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Posted by raherschbach on 27 May 2016

Capitol and the Catholic University Institute of Buea (CUIB) marked an important milestone in their partnership Monday (May 23) as two CUIB cybersecurity professors wrapped up a four-week immersion training program held on Capitol’s Laurel campus.

Leonnel Franz Kwedeu and Ngatchu Damen Nyinkeu completed 120 hours of training that covered basic cybersecurity concepts, Linux system administration, cybersecurity tools, wireless communication and encryption, and internet privacy and anonymity.

The two CUIB faculty members are playing a key role in developing CUIB’s new cyber and information security department, which aims to meet a growing demand for cybersecurity expertise in Cameroon and other West African nations. As an established leader in cybersecurity education, Capitol is in a position to provide guidance on curriculum, academic requirements, course delivery and other aspects of the new program.

Mr. Kwedeu is the departmental chair of Computer Networks and Telecommunications Systems at CUIB, and Mr. Nyinkeu is a faculty member. The immersion program was designed to supplement their existing IT and computer science expertise with cybersecurity fundamentals.

“The immersion program essentially covered the freshman and sophomore cybersecurity courses at Capitol within a four-week period,” said Dr. William Butler, chair of the cybersecurity program at Capitol. “They worked with two of our professors, Dan Ford and Rick Hansen, and received training not only in the materials, but also in the delivery of the materials via classrooms and labs.”

While the CUIB program resembles Capitol’s in many ways, it also takes into account differences in the regional cyber environment. With infrastructure issues and economic disparities limiting access to desktops or laptops, Africans typically rely on mobile devices to a far greater extent than do their US counterparts, Butler explained.

“That means more of a specialized focus on mobile forensics than you’d see in a US program,” Butler said.

Members of CUIB first cohort in the program began their studies in Fall 2015 and will graduate after four years. They will be Cameroon’s first group of cybersecurity professionals with in-country academic credentials in the field.

One of their tasks, Butler said, will be to help raise awareness both in the government and private sector about the key importance of protecting digital assets.

“Here in the United States, we’ve been through a period where computer science and IT had taken off, but people weren’t aware fully of the importance of cybersecurity,” Butler said. “With business in West Africa becoming increasingly intertwined with computer networks, we’re likewise seeing an effort to promote such awareness at various levels – from individual businesses to Chambers of Commerce to the government.”

The concern doesn’t only affect business, he said. “Law enforcement is dealing with cybersecurity challenges, and terrorist networks such as Boko Haram also have the potential to exploit network vulnerabilities to cause harm and advance their agenda.”

CUIB, he said, is helping to build a robust response to these threats by developing its program and partnering with Capitol, an NSA-designated Center for Excellence in the field.

The two institutions also share a similar approach to educational philosophy.

Founded in 2010, the CUIB stresses hands-on learning, empowering students “to be job creators and masters of their destinies through experiential learning (learning by doing).”

Capitol, Maryland’s only independent university with a focus on computer science, engineering and IT, also emphasizes a practical approach education, drawing faculty who are professionals in their fields and engaging students in a wide variety of projects, labs and other applied learning experiences.

“We share with CUIB many underlying tenets in terms of our approaches to education,” Butler said.

 

 

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Posted by raherschbach on 19 May 2016

Have you dreamed of launching a career in cybersecurity but are missing some of the academic background or work experience needed to embark on a master’s degree in the field? If so, Capitol’s Career Changers program could be the answer.

The uiniversity has created a sequence of bridge courses that provide students with a technology or computer science background with the foundation they need to make the transition. After completing these courses, students can then continue on to earn their master’s in cyber and information security from Capitol Technology University.

“The program is geared towards those who want to make the move into cybersecurity but have been held back because they lack the credentials,” said Director of Graduate Recruitment Xavier A. Richards. “The bridge courses allow them to get up to speed and then progress through the full program.”

The first of the bridge courses, Intro to Information Assurance (IAE 500), covers computer, data communications, internet and database fundamentals. Labs, simulations and other resources help students quickly learn what they need in order to progress to the more technical application and analysis skills they’ll be using in the rest of the master’s program.

A second course, Operating Principles (CS 620), provides an overview of UNIX and includes programming projects focused on solving cybersecurity problems using C.

“The program is most suitable for folks who have some sort of technical background but are new to cybersecurity,” Richards explained. “You’ll need some level of computer literacy.”

A key advantage the bridge program offers such students is the ability to proceed into master’s-level education without having to go back and complete another bachelor’s, she said. Typically, a bachelor’s degree in the field is required before embarking on a master’s program.

Capitol, however, recognizes that people with various computer science, technical and even engineering backgrounds have the capability to succeed in a graduate level cybersecurity, even if they did not obtain a field-specific bachelor’s degree. The bridge courses are designed to facilitate that.

“There’s a huge demand for cybersecurity expertise right now, and working professionals in computer and technology fields often see opportunities that they’d like to pursue. However, that means having the right credentials, whether in the form of certifications or a master’s degree. Our program  helps open some of those doors.”

For more information about the Career Changers program, contact the graduate admissions office at gradadmit@captechu.edu.

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Posted by raherschbach on 10 May 2016

Capitol’s student center is becoming home to a full size arcade console, thanks to a group of enterprising students. On Friday (April 29) the students presented “Capcade,” which they designed and built from scratch after coming up with the idea last fall.

It is intended to be a permanent addition to the student center, which currently also houses a ping pong table, TV and gym facilities.

“It all started out at the club fair last fall,” said Danielle Wojeski-Crone, who managed the team under the leadership of senior Bryant Rogers II. “Bryant had built a miniature arcade game console, all by himself, which was about a foot tall. We thought it would be a really cool thing if we could get a group of students together and construct a full-scale one.”

Rogers decided to turn the idea into his senior project, with Wojeski-Crone, a freshman, signing on as manager.

 “We got a team together, with members taking on individual roles on the project. Josh Gidding is our programmer, James Culp and Sean Dabbs handled the wiring and soldering, and Travis Scott was our woodworker," Wojeski-Crone said. "We started out at the beginning of last semester just throwing around ideas, and then we went to Student Life and they gave us the go ahead, along with funding to support us. After that we just kind of ran with it and figured it out as we went.”

Though the style of the console is classic, the technology is current. The games are run off a Raspberry Pi, with an I-Pac USB interface translating joystick and button actions into keypad inputs. Super Mario Brothers is currently loaded onto the console under a public license obtained by the team.

While Rogers is graduating on May 14th, the machine he and his team built won’t be the last of its kind. Wojeski-Crone says plans are already in the words for further additions to Capcade.

“I’m going to be building one every year,” she said. “Since I’m a freshman, that means three more years. I already have the licensing applications out for the next one.”

Following the successful unveiling, the Capcade team retrieved the machine and will be doing additional fine-tuning over the summer. The team plans to install it permanently at the student center in time for the fall semester.

 “It’s a way to make the center more fun, and promote interaction,”  Wojeski said. “That’s the whole point.”


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