The Alvin Community College Board of Regents unanimously approved creating a cybersecurity program during their meeting March 28. 

The program will include a two-year associate degree and a certificate. 

College staff members will now develop a program proposal to submit to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval. 

The program is planned to be available to students beginning in Fall 2020. 

As the use of information systems becomes more prevalent, more analysts will be needed to ensure that the information is secure. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that security analyst positions will grow 28 percent by 2026. 

In other action, regents unanimously approved $160,000 in upgrades for the campus IT infrastructure. The funds will be used to install improved cabling that will increase network security. 

The upgrades are part of the maintenance tax notes approved by the board in 2018. 

Regents also: 

• heard update on Strategic Plan Goal 6 

• approved hiring of Dr. Jade Born, vice president of student services 

• approved hiring faculty members for geology and emergency medical technology 

• heard annual report on racial profiling 

• approved monthly financial reports 

• heard update on maintenance note project 

The board will have its next meeting at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Nolan Ryan Center. For information, visit www. alvincollege.edu or call 281- 756-3500. 

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