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For the second time in the program’s history, our Cybersecurity program (A.S. in Cybersecurity) has earned designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) through academic year 2028 by the National Security Agency (NSA). 

CAE-CD designation reflects the college’s ability to meet the increasing demands of contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure and addressing the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills by promoting higher education and research in addition to providing the workforce with a pipeline of qualified cybersecurity professionals. 

The college earned both designations in 2018. All institutions or programs must apply for reevaluation every five academic years to maintain designation. According to the NSA, “a highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage.”


Congratulations to Michael Kelly, Director of Cybersecurity, who has been appointed to CAE-CD contact person CAE Community of Practice (CoP) for Cyber Defense (CD) committees:  CoP-CD Steering Committee Member at Large and CAE-CD Community Outreach Competition Award Committee.

The Community College of Rhode Island is a member of the CAE Northeast Regional Hub.


Cybersecurity - Associate in Science Degree (NSA Validated Program of Study)

Cyber Defense Path Certificate 

Cybersecurity Pathways

Transfer Information

You are required to have earned more than 15 credits and a GPA of 3.0 or higher:

Transfer to Capitol Technology University Information and how courses transfer

You are required to finish your degree at CCRI to be eligible for these:

Transfer to University of Rhode Island

Transfer to Johnson & Wales University Information

How courses transfer from CCRI to Johnson & Wales University

High Schools (P-Tech Programs)

Learn more about starting courses while in high school

CCRI Cybersecurity Policies & Controls

Security Workforce Action Team Policies

Cybersecurity - Safe Computing