GRCC to Offer All-Online Degree to Help Meet Rising Demand - New Degree in Information Security Available for Fall 2012

GRCC will offer an Information Security Associate in Applied Arts and Science degree completely online this fall.  It will be one of the first degrees to be offered entirely online for the college.  

According to, employment in information security is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016.  GRCC will offer this online degree to help meet the rise in demand for information security professionals.   The online Information Security Degree is expected to meet the needs of today’s students that seek technology advances to further their education.

“Online learning enrollment at the college has grown over 43% over the past 2 years and this online degree will enhance the flexible learning opportunities available to students,” said Eric Kunnen, GRCC’s Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies.

According to Timothy Koets , Computer Applications Department Head and faculty member at GRCC,  the rise in malicious hacking attacks from specialized groups like Anonymous means that the role of the information security officer is becoming increasingly important.  “The skills of information security officers are essential in companies that store personal information electronically—especially when that information translates into currency, like at banks and investment companies,” he said.

GRCC’s online courses are designed as convenient alternatives to regular course schedules. Many students choose online courses so that they may save money on transportation and child care.  Students should expect the same level of learning from online classes as they do from traditional campus-based courses at GRCC.

“Students are requesting more and more online options and the Information Security Degree lends itself to those familiar with technology,” said GRCC Professor Luann Keizer who helped develop the online program.   According to Keizer, GRCC students can currently take more than 130 classes online.   

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Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.