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Center for Cyber Defense Education (CCDE)

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The Cyber/Information Security Program at OCCC has been a leader in bringing information security education opportunities to our Oklahoma City constituents since the program started in 2003. OCCC was among the first six 2-year institutions to receive the designation as a Center for Information Assurance Education and Training (CAE2Y) for 2-Year Education in 2010 from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the designation as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) institution.

OCCC and our Cyber/Information Security Program have continued our commitment to fulfilling the ever growing need for trained and educated Cyber Defense professionals. As part of our mission to provide the best possible information security awareness and training to defend our vital information technology infrastructure the Division of Information Technology is proud to announce the formal creation of the Center for Cyber Defense Education (CCDE) . This Center will provide a single point of contact for our college and community. The hope is this will increase interest in Cyber Defense, promote our Cyber/Information Security program and result in a greater awareness of the threats and challenges everyone faces in a digitally connected society.

The CCDE is housed in located on the 3rd floor of the Keith Leftwich Memorial Library .

Oklahoma City Community College is a recipient of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 federal grant, and monies obtained from this grant are used to fund equipment purchases and professional development opportunities for the following programs: Automotive and Cyber and Information Security.

The purpose of this website is to offer program guidance on OCCC’s Cyber/Information Security program as well as providing general cyber defense information to the OCCC community. It is hoped that the website will provide collaboration and outreach opportunities among students, faculty, and other institutions on the topic of cyber defense.

OCCC Cyber/Information Security and Related Programs

OCCC offers two programs in Cyber Defense. Click on the links below to review the program degree plans.

In addition, with proper planning and advisement, Cyber Security students can also receive the following Certificates of Mastery:

Course descriptions for Computer Science courses used in these programs can be found by clicking on the following link:

 OCCC/OSU-IT Articulation

Looking to continue your education toward a Bachelor Degree? OCCC and OSU-IT have made it simple.

OCCC has articulated the AAS degree with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSU-IT) to allow our students to move seamlessly in the OSU-IT’s Bachelor of Technology (BT) in Information Technologies - Information Assurance and Forensics degree program.

More information regarding the OSU-IT BT in Information Technologies - Information Assurance and Forensics can be found at the OSU-IT webpage.

Cyber Defense Related Industry Certifications

Certification Preparation

Courses in OCCC's Cyber Defense programs provide students with a partial foundation for the following industry recognized certifications:

  • CompTIA A+, Linux+, Network+ and Security+
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Windows Server and Windows Client
  • TestOut Network Pro

Additional preparation will be required before attempting the certification exam.

Certification Testing

Authorized Pearson VUE Test Center

OCCC is a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center.

Please go to the Pearson VUE website to schedule a test or for information:


Discount Vouchers

As a CompTIA Academy Partner, Cyber Defense students have the opportunity to purchase CompTIA exam vouchers at a discount from Pearson VUE. Discounts can be as much as 50% of the normal exam pricing.

For details on how to purchase discount vouchers talk to your Computer Science professor or contact the Division of Information Technology office at 1-405-682-7888.

Advanced Standing Credit for Industry Certifications

OCCC offers students who currently possess a valid Industry Certification to receive Advanced Standing Credit for a variety of courses in Computer Science.

To receive Advanced Standing Credit, a student must show proof of certification, complete the required paperwork and pay $5.00 per semester hour or $15.00 per 3 hour course. Students must complete 12 semester hours of credit at OCCC before the credit will be added to their transcript.

Students should contact their Computer Science professor or the Division of Information Technology office at 1-405-682-7888 for a list of the certifications which qualify for Advanced Standing Credit.

 Cyber Defense Resources

National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has helped fund five National and Regional Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers in Security Technologies

The mission of these centers is to improves the education of technicians who work in advanced technology industries that are important to the nation’s security.

The centers accomplish this by providing support to test innovations for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to undergraduates and secondary school students, and the educators who teach them.

The organizations listed below offer a wealth of information and support for educational institutions and their students in the areas of Information Security and Cyber Defense.

 Cyber Defense Awareness Resources

The most effective tool we have to defend our information and privacy against the growing attacks we are facing daily is knowledge. Below you will find links to a variety of resources that will allow you to participate in the protection of your country, community, family and yourself. 

 For more information regarding OCCC's Cyber Defense programs, contact:

Haifeng Ji
Center for Cyber Defense Education Director
Cyber/Information Security Program Director
Professor of Computer Science/Cyber Security

Oklahoma City Community College
7777 S. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
405-682-1611, ext 7381