Ivy Tech Community College has secured a key federal designation. The National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have named it a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education.

Ivy Tech offers multiple degrees, certificates and technical certificates in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. It says the center of excellence designation means the program has met "stringent criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units."

Vice President For Information Technology Matt Etchison says "the need for skilled workers in cyber security is increasing as our nation must continually work to meet new cyber threats that occur every minute of the day. Ivy Tech is leading the way among the nation’s community colleges and partnering with the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to prepare students for these in-demand jobs in the IT industry."

The designation carries through the 2022 academic year.