GRCC partners with EC-Council to offer Certified Ethical Hacker program



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Sept. 25, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — From the University of Michigan to the Pentagon, no computer network is completely safe from cyber attacks. A new program offered by Grand Rapids Community College will soon equip students to fight them.

GRCC's computer information systems department is now Michigan's first EC-Council Academic Accredited Training Center through the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council. Students will learn the latest hacking techniques, tools and security measures. After completing the coursework, they will be able to take the Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

"In partnering with the EC-Council, Grand Rapids Community College is looking to help fill the talent gap in West Michigan for information security professionals and, in particular, penetration testers -- a type of security professional that often goes by the name 'ethical hacker,'" said Andrew Rozema, CIS assistant professor. "The EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) Certification is perhaps the best known in the industry for this type of work, and will verify the knowledge and skills that these students have as they enter the workplace."

This is just the latest curriculum expansion for the CIS department. This summer, GRCC added industry-recognized certifications by becoming a Cisco Networking Academy, a CompTIA Academy and a Microsoft IT Academy. To learn more about these certifications, click here.

"These changes and additions to the GRCC CIS programs will prepare our students to enter the workplace with high-level skills," said Luann Keizer, department chair. "Employers will hire our students knowing that they have achieved the highest industry standards."

GRCC's CIS department offers pre-major degrees in computer information systems, computer science and information security as well as two-year degrees in network administration, computer programming, graphics and web development, and computer support. To learn more about these programs, click here.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.