Lakewood, CO—The National Science Foundation announced that a team from Red Rocks Community College is one of 10 finalists in its nation-wide Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a contest in which community college students are asked to propose innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems.
The RRCC team’s project is called Attackerspace Learning Environment-Security Technologies, a network that allows students to experience a holistic approach to cybersecurity and learn how to defend against real-time attacks in a small enterprise network.
“I’m very proud of the students in our program for being chosen as one of the final 10 teams,” said faculty advisor Joe Murdock. “This is the second time in three years the program has fielded a team that has advanced to the finals. This year’s students have worked extremely hard over the past year creating an environment that mimics a real business network. This has allowed them to build and break a real environment, outside of the classroom. Their dedication to the advancement of their skills is paying off and that is great to see.”
For their efforts and great ideas, all 10 finalist teams will head to Arlington, VA for an Innovation Boot Camp on June 12-15 co-hosted by NSF and the American Association of Community Colleges. This intensive professional workshop will provide the community college innovators with immersion in the thinking, skills, and tools that help transform innovation into entrepreneurship. At the camp, students will network, interact with experts, and receive coaching and mentoring, as well as guidance during sessions and activities that will help them further validate, refine, develop, and potentially implement their novel solutions to real-world problems.
To view a video of the RRCC team project visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sxlOQgEX9g&feature=youtu.be
About Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 10,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.
About the Community College Innovation Challenge: Today more than 40 percent of U.S. undergraduates are enrolled at community colleges. Groups underrepresented in STEM as well as first-generation college students make up a significant portion of students on community-college campuses. NSF-funded projects at community colleges support STEM students transferring to four-year colleges, as well as receiving education and training to become part of the high-tech workforce--in fields as diverse as biotechnology, cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing.