Bring security to the workplace.

The Cybersecurity program at EMCC provides students with the technical skills leading to a rewarding career in information technology. EMCC offers two options: IT Security Associate Certificate of Completion (CCL) and an AAS in IT and Power Systems Security.

Estrella Mountain Community College has proudly been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The cybersecurity courses at Estrella Mountain will give you a foundation of skills and hands-on experience needed to succeed at the university level.

Classes are taught by instructors who currently work within the industry, using the latest technology, sharing their personal knowledge and experience to prepare you to work in this very diverse industry that blends business and technology.

Core courses include fundamental knowledge and skills in system administration, network administration, IT management and compliance necessary to inform the practices of IT security. Additionally, the program includes tracks to train technicians for IT Security employment in other industries with tracks in Network Security, Systems Security – Linux and Systems Security – Microsoft. Each track provides training toward industry certifications. In some tracks, it is possible to complete other comparable IT programs simultaneously.

When you enroll in an Information Technology program, you become part of the Networking Technologies Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks, scholarships, internships and other professional opportunities within their selected field of study. Take a look Inside the Program for a glimpse as to what you can expect as a Networking Technologies student.

Gainful Employment Info: EMCC cares about your future and education decisions. For a better understanding of what the certificate will cost, how long it will take and what financial assistance is available, we’ve provided that info here.

Special requirements: None.

Course Sequence: From network administration to Cisco, and Linux to ethical hacking, EMCC brings you to the heart of the industry. Your education is already mapped out for you in the IT and Power System Security - AAS and IT Security Associate- CLL checksheets.

Cybersecurity Center at EMCC

The cybersecurity program is part of EMCC’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, which is a two-year education program that proactively increases the understanding of robust Information Assurance and Cyber Defense (IA/CD) technology, policy and practices - critical components to effectively preventing and responding to catastrophic cyber events. The program contributes significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art IA/CD knowledge and practice.

Maricopa Colleges District partners with the following universities that offer degrees with cybersecurity or related fields:

Career and Employment Outlook

Information security professionals plan out and perform security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyber attacks increases worldwide. Read more from O*NET.

Transfer Options

After completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree or the Certificate of Completion, you will be well-prepared to begin your career path into the information technology industry, obtain an associate of arts degree (AAS) or transfer to a university for a bachelor's degree.