Tuition-Free Cybersecurity Training Offered Through New Flexible Program


Frederick Community College is offering a new tuition-free cybersecurity program that will allow students to receive an Information Security and Assurance certificate and fulfill more than a third of the requirements for a cybersecurity degree. Students will only be required to pay a $900 program fee, plus College fees and books. 

“FCC is thrilled to offer this unique opportunity that allows students to get significant cybersecurity training for free,” said Dr. Andy Yao, Cybersecurity Program Manager. “Cybersecurity experts are vital to ensuring the cyber safety of our community, state, and nation, so being able to grow and train professionals in this field is a priority.” 

CyberTech, a two-semester cohort-based program, will take place on Saturdays starting in September and will incorporate online learning to increase flexibility for students. Classes include network fundamentals, cybersecurity fundamentals, PC diagnostics and repairs, ethical hacking and systems defense, and more.  In addition to earning certification, students in the program will complete seven courses totaling 21 credits that can be applied to the 60 credits required for an A.A.S. Cybersecurity degree. 

The program is also designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for other industry certification exams, including: 

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • CSX (Cybersecurity NEXUS) Cybersecurity Fundamentals

The tuition-free program is funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. 

FCC was awarded the TAACCCT grant in the fall of 2014. The $731,000 grant led to the creation of the A.A.S. degree in Cybersecurity, which launched in August 2015. Since then, more than 190 students have declared A.A.S. Cybersecurity as their major. With the addition of the Cybersecurity program, the FCC Computer & Information (CIS) program grew 35% between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016. In response to the high demand for cybersecurity training, FCC designed the CyberTech certificate program.

Space in this program is limited. For more information about CyberTech or to apply for the program, contact Dr. Andy Yao by email

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