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Oct. 19

Oct. 19, 2021





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876, office


MCC to host Cybersecurity Awareness Month lunch and learn

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host a lunch and learn as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1-2 p.m. via Zoom. It is free and open to the public and a chance for prospective students to learn about the MCC Cybersecurity program as well as tips to follow when protecting personal identity, accounts and more online. To attend, visit at the start time of the event. 


“Oftentimes we think of burglars as masked intruders, but we need to re-shift our thinking and include hackers and other cyber criminals when protecting what matters to us,” said Gary Sparks, MCC Cybersecurity Center program director. “Cybersecurity Awareness Month is not only a time to think about our own personal cybersecurity, but also highlight some of the outstanding career opportunities in the field.”


The MCC Cybersecurity program helps students acquire the skills to balance and manage the risks of doing business in a world run by the internet. Students learn to formulate and implement and information security policy, manage information assets and design a successful security infrastructure. Students also conduct hands-on projects, including defending against cyber-attacks and intrusions. The program is also a designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency. 


The expert panel of MCC staff includes Sparks and College director of Security Risk and Compliance, Jodie Snider. For more information about the MCC Cybersecurity program, visit or call 531-MCC-2400. 




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.