Thomas Nelson and ODU Cybersecurity Agreement Provides New Career Pathway

April 14, 2017
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Thomas Nelson Community College President John Dever will join Old Dominion University (ODU) President John R. Broderick, and Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson on April 21, as they sign an articulation agreement between Thomas Nelson and ODU in the field of cybersecurity.
The signing ceremony, which will also be attended by John Savage, Virginia Community Colleges Director for Cybersecurity, will be held at Thomas Nelson’s Hampton campus at the Espada Room in Moore Hall, beginning at 9 a.m.
Through the agreement, students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree in information systems technology with cybersecurity career studies certificates from Thomas Nelson can readily transition to Old Dominion's cybersecurity major, offered through the interdisciplinary studies program in the College of Arts and Letters.
“Over the years, Thomas Nelson has partnered exceptionally well with Old Dominion to provide pathways for our associate degree graduates to pursue further education and advanced degrees at the university level,” stated Dever. “We are delighted to continue these joint efforts in cybersecurity, a field critical for the future of Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth, and the nation.”
As Cybersecurity continues to grow as a major threat to national security, it remains a top priority for Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Commonwealth’s public and private industry leaders. Thomas Nelson has offered information technology programs since 2002.
“Cybersecurity is an issue that will only increase in the future,” said Brian Payne, Old Dominion’s vice provost for academic affairs. “We are committed to working with our higher education partners and our industry and government partners to provide the best education possible for our students.”
Thomas Nelson’s Cybersecurity program has expanded into a variety of offerings to support career pathways for high school students, transitioning military, college transfer students, and industry professionals seeking to advance in the cybersecurity field. 
With dual enrollment courses available for high school juniors from Hampton City Schools and the articulation agreement with ODU, the Cybersecurity Program at Thomas Nelson is distinguished because of its seamless career pathways from high schools to college and industry.
In addition to formal classes, Thomas Nelson works with the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) and the Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce, and Economic Development (HR Cyber) Alliance to offer summer cybersecurity internships to increase the pipeline of students pursuing cybersecurity careers in Hampton Roads for the past two years.
Thomas Nelson has also partnered with the HR Cyber Alliance to provide this year’s Regional Cybersecurity Conference that will be held in October. The conference, which began in 2011, currently serves more than 225 attendees from military, municipalities, higher education, and leading private sector businesses and organizations.
For more information about Thomas Nelson’s cybersecurity program visit