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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Cybersecurity (BACS)

Montgomery College has partnered with SANS Technology Institute, the best college in cybersecurity, to create an affordable, high-quality pathway to a cybersecurity career: the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Applied Cybersecurity (BACS)new window

MC's Associate in Computer Science Degree Program Ranked One of the Nation's Best Online Associate's Degree in Computer Science Badge

Seeking to help prospective students find the best online and on-campus colleges and universities at all degree levels, The Best Schools website researches degree options and issues information about their rankings.

We are happy to report that the Montgomery College online associate in computer science degree programs were included among the top 30 for 2018. Here's what The Best Schools says: "Unlike some schools, MC allows students to select which programming language they want to specialize in. Candidates can choose between general computer science and information sciences concentrations. Distance learners who follow the college's suggested course sequence typically graduate in two years."

We are proud of this distinction, and we know it takes more than luck to earn it. Our Computer Science faculty includes program advisor Alla Webb, professor of computer science and technologies, who earned a doctorate at The George Washington University; David Kuijt, associate professor of computer science, who earned a doctorate at the University of Maryland; and Robert Alexander, professor of computer science, who earned a doctorate at the Naval Postgraduate School, among others. All of our faculty have years of industry experience, bringing real-world experience to their classes.

In addition, all of our computer science courses transfer seamlessly to most four-year institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park.

Congratulations to the fine faculty and staff who help give our computer science and technology program the outstanding reputation it deserves.


Montgomery College First Community College to Participate in NAE's Grand Challenges Scholars Program 

The Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) initiative to create an
honors program that will develop the students who will solve the largest problems facing engineering and the world
in the 21st century—problems like better medicines, solar power, reverse engineering the brain, clean water, fusion, and carbon sequestration.

On October 30 at the NAE annual meeting in DC, Montgomery College was accepted as the first community college to have a Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Dean Muhammad Kehnemouyi spoke at the conference about the demands and rewards of developing a GCSP at a two-year institution. The MC program will serve as a paradigm for other community colleges to develop their own programs. Prof. David Kuijt will be the director of the GCSP program at MC.

More than 150 universities in the United States and internationally have Grand Challenges Scholars Programs. Nearly half of all undergraduates in engineering start their academic career at community colleges, so the NAE has made it a high priority to expand the GCSP initiative to community colleges. Over the last year MC has worked closely with the NAE in developing the model for how community colleges will participate in the GCSP initiative, and in designing a GCSP for Montgomery College to allow MC students to participate in this honors program both at MC and when they go on to UMD, UMBC, or other receiving institutions.

GCSP scholars will develop competencies in research, multidisciplinary, service learning, entrepreneurial, and multicultural approaches, and apply them to their chosen Grand Challenge Problem. Each student chooses their own Grand Challenge; they interact with mentors who advise them on choosing activities (like Engineers Without Borders, a NIST internship, Study Abroad, certain coursework, the Raptor Tank Entrepreneurship competition, and so on) that will allow them to develop skills in several of the above competencies.