TCC, Collin College partnership benefits cybersecurity students

Tarrant County College and Collin College recently signed a transfer agreement that will allow students to make a smooth transition from TCC to Collin College to continue their education.

Under this multi-year agreement, students graduating from TCC with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cybersecurity to seamlessly transfer to Collin College to complete a Bachelor of Applied Technology (B.A.T.) degree in Cybersecurity.

TCC graduates must have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible for this transfer opportunity. The TCC  coursework will comprise the first 54 hours of the B.A.T. degree. Transferring students will be required to take six hours of designated lower division coursework in Cybersecurity at Collin College to attain the necessary skills for advanced work. Collin College will provide TCC students with scholarship and financial aid information through admission and advising materials.

“Tarrant County College recognizes its role in educating the next generation of IT professionals and this agreement enables our students to pursue further studies that prepare them for good-paying, high-demand careers,” said Shahla Durany, department chair of Business, Computer Science-Information Technology at TCC South. “In partnering with Collin College, TCC continues its commitment to providing seamless pathways for our Cybersecurity students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree.”

The future continues to look bright for cybersecurity career seekers, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasting an employment growth of 31 percent from 2019 to 2029 for IT experts involved in cybersecurity. Although some employers look for computer network professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree, the BLS also reported that an associate degree and highly skilled technical knowledge is attractive to recruiters and potential employers. The median annual wage for information security analysts was $99,730 in May 2019.

To learn more about TCC’s cybersecurity program, visit the program website.