COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLABORATIONS
The College of Engineering at Illinois has partnered with community colleges in Illinois to provide students a pathway to transfer into the College of Engineering after completing their Associates Degree.
Connecting to Community Colleges
- Parkland College is located in Champaign and is the community college that feeds the largest number of transfer students to Illinois. Working with Sean Mauney, the instructor of security courses at Parkland, we are identifying course materials we can share, course materials that would help train Illinois system administrators and system operators, and a set of guest lecturers and lectures between the two institutions to add depth to specific topics. The goal is to introduce course sequences that allow Parkland security students to transfer easily to the Illinois security concentrations. In the area of curriculum, we are working with both Parkland and CSSIA to identify and create course materials of common interest to our students. An example of one initiative is developing modules on secure software engineering for programming course sequences so that some of the modules apply both to the programming courses at the community colleges and to Illinois.
- We are also working with Erich Spengler and the Moraine Valley Community College, located in Palos Hills, a suburb south of Chicago. Erich Spengler is the Director of an NSF-funded Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA). This center works with other community colleges in the midwest and trains community college instructors to improve Information Assurance education in community colleges. The collaboration with Moraine Valley and CSSIA is aimed at both an exchange of course material and the construction of a pipeline of talented students from Moraine Valley and the other two-year colleges. We hope to encourage security students to continue for a four-year degree at Illinois or other four-year institutions. Illinois' previous instructor, Dr. Susan Hinrichs, was an NSF Visiting Committee member for CSSIA and was instrumental in providing feedback on the CSSIA curriculum. Illinois did partner with Moraine Valley to organize and host a midwest regional collegiate cyber defense competition in spring 2006.
IA AWARENESS PROGRAMS AT ILLINOIS
- Technology Services' Privacy and Information Security home page
- FAST3 hands-on computer training courses at the University of Illinois.
- In some years, the Information Trust Institute offers an Undergradaute Summer Internship program.
- Students at Illinois who are interested in doing research in infromation assurance or cyber security can apply to the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program through the Information Trust Institute.
- G.A.M.E.S. Camp is a program for high school girls to come to campus during the summer and participate in a week long camp and complete hands-on activities, participate in classes, see demonstrations, and much more as it relates to various topics within Engineering.
- GEMS Camp is a program led by the Department of Computer Science at Illinois for middle school girls to come and learn about the field of computer science and all the different fields within computer science.
- The Information Trust Institute and the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) have partnered to help teachers and students learn about the system that delivers electricity and the challenges of the future. The materials are designed for students in 7-12 grades. The materials are classroom-ready and illustrate important concepts in the science of electricity and the power grid as well as mathematics.
- Formal Methods Science Security Summer School
- TCIPG Education Outreach
- Illinois Public Engagement Symposium
- Central Illinois Cyber Defense Competition
- Minecraft Video Game for K-12 Students