Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

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May 10, 2024

Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty 

The CCoE is offering a $1,750 travel stipend for community college faculty who want to attend the NICE or CyAD conference. Ten stipends are available for each conference. Faculty who are awarded the stipend must attend the conference in person. Apply today!  


You may also apply for an educational course, a textbook, or a certification exam related to cybersecurity. See some examples below.


NICE Conference - 2024 

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

Each year, NICE hosts a conference to gather stakeholders from around the nation. Multiple vendors demonstrate cybersecurity products and services, and multiple speakers discuss the latest initiatives and tools in the defense against cyber threats. 

June 3 – 5, 2024, at the Sheraton Dallas in Dallas, Texas. 

Registration closes May 28. 

The theme is “Strengthening Ecosystems: Aligning Stakeholders to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap”. The conference will highlight collective efforts to strengthen the cybersecurity landscape. By joining forces with key partners, we can foster a more robust cybersecurity ecosystem to bridge the workforce gap.  

Attendees gain broad perspectives from not only educators, but also the vendors of cybersecurity products and the industries that use them.  

Click here for the conference agenda.  

Click here to register.

Cybersecurity Across Disciplines (CyAD) - 2024 

Educators from various fields are invited to attend and explore the ways that cybersecurity overlaps into the disciplines they teach and affects the industries they train for. Cybersecurity is a concern for all businesses, critical infrastructure, financial and educational institutions, governmental and non-profit organizations, science, medicine, agriculture, and so many more. 

June 12-13, 2024, at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. 

Registration closes May 20, 2024.

Click here to register. 

This conference is supported by the National Science Foundation grant #2054724 and the Microsoft Philanthropies grant #2021080009. 

Earn a Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) 

The CCSK certificate program is managed by the Cloud Security Alliance. This certificate is widely recognized as the standard of expertise for cloud security and gives you a cohesive and vendor-neutral understanding of how to secure data in the cloud. This is core cloud knowledge that lays a foundation for higher level certificates later. 

The CCoE has pre-paid for a number of exam bundles. Please apply for one today! 

The exam bundle includes online, self-paced curriculum, divided into six modules. Access to the course continues for one year after purchase. Estimated time to complete: 16 hours. Includes one token for taking the exam.  

Online Self-Paced 

Select an online cybersecurity course and apply to the CCoE for funding.

Funding can cover textbook material, hands-on exercises, and practice exams. Many educators choose courses that prepare them for an industry certification such as those by CompTIA, AWS, or Microsoft

Instructor-Led Courses 

Learning along with others according to a prescribed schedule can help ensure completion of a course. Instructor-led courses can be in-person or online.  

If you need ideas, please see the NICCS Education and Training Catalog for a list of instructor-led training courses in a variety of cybersecurity sectors. 

Please contact us with these or similar professional development requests related to cybersecurity.


  • Your application must be approved to get funding.
    • The CCoE is not responsible for costs incurred if your application is not approved.
  • Stipends for conferences are paid after you attend the event. 
    • You are responsible for making all of your travel arrangements including registering for the event.
    • Stipends are not reimbursements and are considered income. You will receive a 1099 at the end of the year.
  • For classes or exams, you will need to pre-pay. 
    • After you submit your receipts and enrollment verification the CCoE will process your reimbursement.
    • Reimbursements are not considered income.
  • You can submit multiple applications for funding.
  • For application status:
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