2011 July 11 - 12:00 am


  • The College of Southern Maryland has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The college joins an elite group of 13 community colleges across the nation to receive this honor, which recognizes the quality of the college’s cybersecurity educational practices and curriculum. The CAE2Y designation was announced by federal officials in a ceremony at the annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Fairborn, Ohio. NSA and DHS launched their joint effort to recognize exemplary cybersecurity education curriculum in 2004 in response to the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. The “CAE2Y” designation for two-year college cybersecurity programs was added in 2010.

  • Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) has been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. In recognizing MWCC, Second Nature highlighted the college’s successful renewable energy measures, including the recent installation of two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines expected to propel the college to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college’s biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC will be generating nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus.

  • Eddie Triste, president of Allan Hancock College’s Associated Student Body Government, was recently chosen by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges as the President of the Year for the Southern Region of California. It was an honor that Triste never imagined he would receive. Triste has a lot of experience with the concept of duty. An Army veteran, he served for six years, first in Georgia, then Hawaii and finally Iraq. He is currently working at Hancock as a peer advisor for the College Achievement Now program, helping low-income and first generation students navigate their way through college. Using the skills he gained in the Army as a topographical surveyor, he transitioned into the workforce, drafting for architecture companies. In 2007, Triste realized the importance of education and the importance of a college degree. Initially working during the day and taking classes at night, Triste made slow progress on his degree until 2010, when he decided to go to school full-time. Being Native American, Triste said he feels strongly about government and being involved in the democratic process. His goal this past year was to get more students involved in activities on campus.
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