Leading the Growth of Miami’s Cybersecurity Workforce

Miami Dade College (MDC) has built one of the strongest cybersecurity education pathways in the nation in record time.

publication cover pageThe college started in 2017 with investments in faculty professional development to create a robust curriculum, and a cyber range virtual simulation environment with the most advanced security training platform available. In just three years, MDC implemented a full, stackable credential pathway that students can take from industry certifications to an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. Soon after, MDC students began to compete against teams from prestigious cybersecurity institutions in national competitions, demonstrating their skills at stopping real-world cyberattacks by finishing in the top 5% as a team and in the top 1% individually. As a result of all these efforts, the National Security Agency (NSA) designated MDC as a National Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense in 2022, the first college in South Florida to receive this nationally-recognized designation.

Prepared by Career Ladders Project for Miami Dade College