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Happy New Year from Capitol College! The start of a new year can be motivating and refreshing, both for students and professionals alike. This year, the college is looking forward to more initiatives and advancements than ever, and if the partnerships, grants and awards the college has received in the past month are any indication of what's to come, 2010 could be Capitol's best year yet. Here's a wrap up of the last of 2009:
Capitol College Receives BRAC Grant
Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown announced on December 15, 2009 that Capitol College received one of 12 BRAC Higher Education grants in the amount of $92,992, made available through legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly (the Higher Education Investment Fund) in 2008. The BRAC grant will support Capitol College's development of a Cyber Battle Laboratory, expanding the information assurance laboratory capacity on campus. The Cyber Battle Laboratory will provide intensive hands-on laboratory experiences to increase the IA knowledge of students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate IA degree programs, offering a secure learning environment where various hacker attacks can be simulated, detected, analyzed, and defeated.
CICPC Spring Course Schedule
The Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center at Capitol College was established to address the technical and managerial needs of the information assurance workforce, particularly working professionals who do not desire or have the resources to participate in formal degree-bearing academic programs. If you are an information assurance professional looking to step up in your career, check out the CICPC's examination review offerings in CISSP, SSCP, and Security+, or earn a FISMA certificate. Just like Capitol's graduate degree programs, CICPC courses are delivered online through real-time classes recorded for later playback, making it easy for you to balance all areas of your life - home, work, and education. View course schedules starting in January 2010!
UMUC Partners with Capitol College
University of Maryland University College and Capitol College are pleased to announce that the institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding with to expand educational opportunities for Maryland students pursuing careers in cybersecurity. This partnership comes in direct response to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's STEM Taskforce, which was established to increase the number of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Under the agreement, students who complete a post-baccalaureate certificate in network protection or security management will be able to transfer those credits into UMUC's master of science in cyber security. Additionally, UMUC will take advantage of Capitol's preparatory course for the CISSP certification examination by pointing its students to the course as a resource to advance their career.
Foreign Relations
Shandong UniversityIn an effort to increase international efforts, representatives from both China and Japan were welcomed to campus in late 2009. Representatives from Shandong University of Science and Technology visited with Capitol leadership with the intention of fostering international cooperation and exchange in education and research. On this visit, the first of many more to come, all representatives signed an agreement that begins the process of negotiation for a future partnership.

JAXAAlso visiting campus in December was Takaaki Matsuzawa, deputy director of Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), who visited to tour the Space Operations Institute and learn more about the institute's partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the new Center for Space Science Education and Public Outreach.
Earn One Free Credit
Graduate students, now is the time to continue your education! Capitol College is offering one free credit towards your first enrollment in a master's degree program when you attend a Virtual Open House. Just like an on-campus Open House, a VOH is Capitol College's way of acclimating potential graduate students to the online learning environment, helping you to make the hard decision of choosing a college that will advance your education and career. Learn about our programs, speak directly to faculty and deans, ask questions, and most importantly experience first-hand our unique online platform, Capitol Live. Earn a $549 credit towards your first course in a master's degree program when you apply for admission and attend a VOH, awarded only for enrollment in the semester following your VOH attendance. You must meet the admissions requirements of the academic program to receive this credit. Register now for one of the following VOH dates:
  • February 11, 2010 at 7 p.m.
  • April 8, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Questions? Contact graduate admissions for more information.
 MAE "Military-Friendly" Designation
MAE LogoCapitol College was recently named to Military Advanced Education magazine's 3rd Annual Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The 2009 Guide, a special section in the monthly Military Advanced Education magazine, is a listing of those colleges and universities across the United States that best serve military service members, veterans, and their spouses and dependants. In addition to being noted, Capitol was designated as one of a select few institutions providing "Top Academics." Read the full story here.
Capitol Scholars Program Nominations
Do you know an undergraduate student who is innovative, hard-working and has a thirst for knowledge? The Capitol Scholars Program is designed for those remarkable few who have the capability to excel above others in the fields of engineering, information technology, and computer science. Nominate a student you know whose talent for technology, lofty goals, and ambitious drive could earn them a spot as just one of 14 students selected each year to be a Capitol Scholar. Scholars receive a full scholarship, an encouraging support system, dedicated mentors, and incorporation of career planning and internships into their education. This four-year program is challenging, integrated, and hands-on; direct the future Capitol Scholar in your life to apply now and be accepted to the college; we'll do the rest! Qualified accepted students are personally invited to be involved in the review process.
M&T Charitable Foundation donation
Capitol thanks the M&T Charitable Foundation, which donated $5,000 to the college as a first installment of a three-year long commitment to support various campus scholarship programs. Visit Capitol's community partnerships webpage to see how other local companies are aiding the cause of educating America's future technical workforce.
Alumni Discount
For a limited time, Capitol is offering a 15% tuition discount for all alumni who want to earn a master's degree. Students are eligible for only one tuition discount at a time and must begin classes during the spring 2010 semester. Discount applies to the first master's degree only. View course schedules or contact Graduate Admissions for more information.
Undergraduate Open Houses
While this year's freshmen start their second semester, future college students can still learn about the exciting Capitol education that could be in store for them. Encourage a friend or family member to visit the campus during a scheduled Open House to find out about our degree programs, state-of-the-art equipment, job guarantee and more. Schedule an Open House visit with the Office of Admissions for this upcoming date:
  • Saturday, January 30, 2010
Can't make it on this day? The Office of Admissions conducts tours and information sessions on weekdays throughout the year. Schedule a one-on-one tour today!
Issue: 12
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In This Issue
BRAC Grant
CICPC Courses
UMUC Partnership
Foreign Relations
Free Graduate Credit
MAE Military-Friendly
Capitol Scholars Program
M&T Donation
Alumni Discount
Undergraduate Open Houses

Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, vice president for advancement, and Professor Angela Walters presented on the importance of STEM education and the college's Space Science Education and Public Outreach Center at the American Astronomical Society National Conference in Washington, D.C. in early January 2010.

Listen to Dr. Michael Gibbs, vice president for advancement, on Let's Talk Stars with comet discoverer Dr. David Levy. (Air date: 12/15/2009)

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