Curriculum Development

CyberWatch West actively works to address the limited resources at community colleges by developing innovative curriculum on cybersecurity and related topics. Many of the curricula developed with support from CyberWatch West help faculty meet emerging needs in cybersecurity education.

For example, Whatcom Community College (the lead institution for CyberWatch West) has received many requests for information about its Industrial Control Systems Security course from other colleges, and the utilities industry has also expressed significant interest. In response, CyberWatch West contracted with George Mason University School to reconfigure its course "Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: The Cyber Dimension" for community colleges. Subject matter experts have been assembled from around the United States, and the revised course is now in draft form. Meanwhile, the original George Mason University course is available for download from the CyberWatch West website.  

CyberWatch West also offers materials to empower community colleges and universities to host their own community outreach events. Curriculum and support materials for Girls Go Tech workshops for middle school girls, CyberGirlz workshops for middle school girls, and multi-week cybersecurity camps for high school students are available for free download.