St. Philip’s College will begin pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity Engineering, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
On July 26, 2022, the Alamo College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the opportunity for St. Philip’s College to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree program at BAT Cybersecurity Engineering designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in the growing cybersecurity industry.
The Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) in Cybersecurity Engineering will be the district’s second bachelor’s degree if approved. San Antonio College graduated its first batch of Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in May 2022.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our community this opportunity to provide access to an affordable, high-quality option for students wishing to enter the growing cybersecurity industry,” said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, of St. Philip’s College. President. “St. Philip’s College is proud to enhance its already outstanding cybersecurity offerings. San Antonio leads the nation in cybersecurity with its strong military presence, thriving private cybersecurity companies, and technology and research institutes nationally recognized.
The curriculum for the AAS study plan includes 60 semester credit hours and the AAS study plan at BAT Cybersecurity Engineering includes an additional 60 semester credit hours.
The two study plans combined totaling 120 semester credit hours will allow students to receive a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity Engineering.
Classroom instruction will include simulation laboratory applications of cybersecurity engineering concepts, principles, and practices included in the curriculum.
San Antonio is recognized by the National Security Agency as one of the nation’s top cities for cybersecurity activity, second only to our nation’s capital. This presents a huge advantage for St. Philip’s College graduates who have unlimited career opportunities right here at home.
It also benefits approximately 1,000 regional IT and cyber defense companies that rely on a strong local workforce to fill high-skilled, high-demand jobs.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts cybersecurity jobs will grow 31% between 2019 and 2029. An entry salary for someone entering the cybersecurity field is expected at $64,480 per year ($31.00/hour), according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Close the gap
The BAT in Cybersecurity Engineering program builds on the ongoing work that St. Philip’s College is engaged in to help fill the cybersecurity talent gap.
St. Philip’s College is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), a prestigious program jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the United States Department of Homeland Security. CAE-CD is one of the most difficult designations to receive, as the College is evaluated on its research, program offerings, multidisciplinary approach, performance in cyber competitions, and many other factors. This recognition extends to the Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist program and was originally awarded in 2012 and currently extends through the 2025-2026 academic year.
St. Philip’s College is recognized as a leader in training high-quality cybersecurity professionals to protect America’s national infrastructure. It is currently the only teaching site with an on-site cyber offer that can be configured to imitate scenarios common to several sectors of activity – defence, banking, human resources, hospital.
Additional Cybersecurity Offerings at Alamo Colleges
The Alamo College District currently has flexible programs that offer 11 cybersecurity degrees and certifications. St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Northeast Lakeview College, and Palo Alto College all offer cybersecurity programs.